Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Pony Express Solano Hotel Station

Pony Express
Solano Hotel

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This marker is located at 501 First Street, Benicia, California. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 02.897 W 122° 09.587.

A list of Pony Express Waymarks that I have visited can be found here. You can log your visit to this landmark at waymark.com.

Pony Express Solano Hotel Station
Pony Express Solano Hotel Station

Sacramento to San Francisco - Solano Hotel Station Site

Passing Cordelia the Pony Express rider Sam Hamilton could see Suisun Bay as he approached Benicia. Riding down First Street he passed California's third capitol building and arrived at the Solano Hotel at 6:25 a.m. He rode the 63.3 miles from Sacramento in 5 hours and 10 minutes at an average speed of 12.25 MPH. He had now covered 119 miles since leaving Sportsman's Hall 12 miles east of Placerville.

The mail was exchanged with a new horse and rider by the name of Thomas Bedford. He was a 34 year old livery stable keeper at the Solano Hotel's stable right across First Street. He roder to the foot of First Street where the Ferry Carquinez would take him to Martinez.

Pony Express Solano Hotel Station

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