Pony Express Ferry "Carquinez"

Pony Express Ferry "Carquinez" (HMANI)

Location: Benicia, CA 94510 Solano County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 2.669', W 122° 9.759'

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[Front of Marker:]
Dedicated April 23, 2000
James Stretesky
Benicia Historical Society
Benicia (N.S.G.W.) Native Sons
Richard & Veronica Tipton
Benicia Camel Barn Museum
Exxon Mobile, Benicia Refinery
Benicia Chamber of Commerce
Benicia Volunteer Fire Department
Pony Express Trail Association
[A list of sponsors is on bottom of base]

[Back of marker:]
Captain Oliver C. Coffin and his brothers purchased the ferry "Carquinez" from an eastern shipyard. The double end dual paddle wheel ferry modeled after the New York-Brooklyn ferry boats of that period. It was shipped around Cape Horn as ballast in a sailing ship and put in use by the Coffins in 1854.

An 1860 schedule shows that this ferry operated every 30 minutes between Benicia and Martinez. The first trip of each day left at 8:00 a.m. from Martinez to Benicia.

On April 23, 1860, the ferry was alerted by telegraph from Sacramento to be in Benicia early. The ferry was needed to carry the Pony Express mail across the Strait. The ferry docked here at the foot of First Street and Pony Express rider Thomas Bedford was on board the ferry at 7:05 a.m.
2000 Joe Nardone
[A list of donors is on bottom of base]
Series This marker is part of the More Than Words series, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail series.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 7:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 573473 N 4211081
Decimal Degrees38.04448333, -122.16265000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 2.669', W 122° 9.759'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 2' 40.14" N, 122° 9' 45.54" W
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Area Code(s)707, 858, 415, 510, 925
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 90 1st St, Benicia CA 94510, US
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