Morgan House

Morgan House (HMG5Y)

Location: Martinez, CA 94553 Contra Costa County
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N 38° 1.065', W 122° 8.137'

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Dedicated April 23, 2000
Morgan House
Pony Express Route
Apr. 23, 1860 - Sep. 8, 1861
Home Station
Apr. 16, 1869 - Sep.8, 1861

James Stretesky
Supervisor Gayle B. Uilkema
Martinez Area Chamber of Commerce
Pony Express Trail Association

{Text on the reverse side reads:} The first Pony Express Rider through Martinez was Thomas Bedford on April 23, 1860, heading for Pacheco. Benecia was the home station where the rider from Sacramento exchanged the mail with a new rider and horse for San Francisco.

On April 16, 1861, the new western agent for the Pony Express was Wells, Fargo & Co. and on July 1, 1861 they operated the Pony Express from Placerville to San Francisco under their name.

After April 15, 1861 the new agent and future operator of the Pony Express moved the home station from Benecia to Martinez. The new home station was the "Morgan House" and was located at this corner. One of the new riders was David W. Swain, the Martinez telegraph operator and Wells, Fargo and Co. agent.
@2000 Joe Nardone

{The front and rear base of the marker list the following sponsors:} Union Bank of California - Martinez; City of Martinez, Mayor Mike & Dusty Menesini, Plain & Fancy Antiques; Martinez Historical Society; Vice Mayor Mark A. Ross; Joe Sparacino Sr. Family; Haute Stuff Restaurant; Horst & Erna Grund; Greg & Karen Del Bonta Family; Main Street Tavern; Redmond O'Colonies "American Champion Town Crier"; Corky & Charlene West; Nader Chrysler Plymouth; Mario Preciado & Family; Giovanni's Bajalia Family; Bay View Bank, Since 1911; The Franco Family; Monkey Stable Racing Team; Westamerica Bank; Sidney S. Lippow, Co., Realtors; The Corum Family; Martinez Antique Association; Rhodia Inc.; John Jackson Blacktie Insurance; Equilon
HM NumberHMG5Y
Series This marker is part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail series
Year Placed2000
Marker Condition
9 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:20pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 575872 N 4208136
Decimal Degrees38.01775000, -122.13561667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 1.065', W 122° 8.137'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 1' 3.90" N, 122° 8' 8.22" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)510, 925
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 802 Main St, Martinez CA 94553, US
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My six-year-old grandson was very interested in this monument. He is now curious about the Pony Express. The monument is in very good condition. It is well maintained.

Jul 19, 2015 at 3:14pm PDT by papanamma

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