Saturday, June 25, 2005

California Historical Landmark #708

Pony Express Yank's Station
California State Historical Landmark #708

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This landmark is located in the Yank's Station shopping center, on the southwest corner of State Highway 50 and Apache Avenue, Meyers, California. There are 29 other California State Historical Landmarks in El Dorado County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 51.357 W 120° 00.768.

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This was the site of the most eastern remount station of the Central Overland Pony Express in California. Established as a trading post in 1851 by Martin Smith, it became a popular hostelry and stagestop operated by Ephraim "Yank" Clement on the Placerville-Carson Road. Pony rider Warren Upson first arrived here on the evening of April 28, 1860. Changing ponies, he galloped on to Friday's in Nevada to deliver his mochila to Bob Haslam for the ride to Genoa. Used as a pony remount station until October 26, 1861, it was sold to George M. Meyers in 1873, and the name changed to Meyers.

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