“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lafayette in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Lafayette House

Lafayette House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 26, 2009
1. Lafayette House Marker
Dedicated April 23, 1998
Lafayette House
Added Station
Diablo Foods
Better Homes Realty - Lafayette
Diamond K. Supply, Ltd.
Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
Lafayette Historical Society
Pony Express Trail Association

{reverse side reads:} The station site was located on the southwest corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road. It was called the "Lafayette House" and was operated by N.P. Lake. He ran an advertisement on April 28, 1860 that stated "There are good stables attached to the premises..."

The road the Pony Express followed went along today's Mt. Diablo Boulevard and the freeway through Orinda and then up Fish Ranch Road. The Pony Express then followed the streets of Claremont, Telegraph and Broadway to the wharf in Oakland where the Ferry "Oakland" would be taken to San Francisco.
1998 Joe Nardone

On the front and back of the base of the marker are listed the following sponsors:Thomas J. Titmus & Janice Crossetti-Titmus; Marechal & Doris Duncan; Anne & Marshall Grodin; Whiteapple & Company; Bill & Joanne Somerton; Lamorinda Press & Copy Center; Ruth Dyer; Enlightened; The Wakeman
Lafayette House Marker (Reverse Side) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 26, 2009
2. Lafayette House Marker (Reverse Side)
Family; Lamorinda Floor Fashions; Alvin & Josephine Powell; Gold N' Goody's; Nancy J. Flood; The Charles Rambo Family; Oliver & Virginia Hamlin; F. Keith Blakeney; Jack & Nancy Holtzapple; Philip & Catherine Sinnott; Barbara Franke Boyle; John R. Kestell; George & June Wasson; Lafayette Motors; The Jack Franck Family; Toot Sweets Bakery; Don C. Good; Lafayette Pet Store; Nor Ski and Sports

Erected 1998.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 53.513′ N, 122° 7.138′ W. Marker is in Lafayette, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Morago Road, on the right when traveling east on Mt. Diablo Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3525 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette CA 94549, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dedicated to the Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); Geils Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lafayette Town Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tres Ranchos Del Sur (approx. 2.6 miles
Lafayette House Marker - Wide Shot image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 26, 2009
3. Lafayette House Marker - Wide Shot
The Lafayette House Marker is located on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, and the site of the Lafayette House is now occupied by a Wachovia Bank.
away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Walnut Creek, California) (approx. 2.8 miles away); Oakland, Antioch & Eastern Railway (approx. 3.1 miles away); Civic Arts Theatre ("Nuthouse") (approx. 3.1 miles away); Walnut Growers; Processing Plant (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lafayette.
Also see . . .  Lafayette Vistas. The City of Lafayette's Spring 1998 newsletter, Lafayette Vistas, "...The mail traveled by water between the last relay station in Sacramento and San Francisco, but on 20 occasions the Pony Express riders literally missed the boat. That helped put Lafayette on the map, since the riders then continued overland to the Benecia ferry and into Lafayette. After stopping for fresh horses at the Pony Express Station (located at what is now Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Road) the riders made their final push to the Oakland ferry and into San Francisco...." (Submitted on November 28, 2009.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,382 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 28, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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