Friday, April 15, 2011

Pony Express Ferry Carquinez

Pony Express
Ferry Carquinez

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This marker is located at 400 Ferry Street, Martinez, California. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 01.164 W 122° 08.235.

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Pony Express Ferry Carquinez

Pony Express Ferry Carquinez

Captain Oliver C. Coffin and his brothers ordered the Ferry "Carquinez from an Eastern shipyard where it was framed and fitted. The double end dual paddle wheel was modeled after the New York-Brooklyn ferryboats.

It was dismantled and then shipped around Cape Horn as ballast in the hold of a sailing ship. It was then reassembled and in 1854 launched. The ferry operated between here and Benicia. At night, it docked on the wharf at the foot of Ferry Street 250 feet north of this site.

Pony Express rider Thomas Bedford boarded the ferry at Benicia on April 23, 1860. On this ferry he found that his horse had thrown a shoe. Casemore Briones, a Martinez blacksmith, was on board and agreed to loan his horse. Bedford left this wharf for San Francisco at 7:33 a.m.

Pony Express Ferry Carquinez

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