Saturday, June 25, 2005

California Historical Landmark #704

Pony Express Sportman's Hall
California State Historical Landmark #704

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This landmark is located at 5622 Old Pony Express Trail, Cedar Grove, California in El Dorado County. There are 29 other California State Historical Landmarks in El Dorado County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 45.009 W 120° 36.673.

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This was the site of Sportsman's Hall, also known as Twelve-Mile House. The hotel operated in the late 1850's and 1860's by John and James Blair. A stopping point for stages and teams of the comstock, it became a relay station of the Central Overland Pony Express. Here at 7:40 a.m. April 4, 1860, pony rider William (Sam) Hamilton, riding in from Placerville, handed the express mail to Warren Upson, who, two minutes later, sped on this way eastward.

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