Martinez-Benicia Ferry

Martinez-Benicia Ferry (HMIDS)

Location: Martinez, CA 94553 Contra Costa County
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N 38° 1.208', W 122° 8.226'

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"Gateway to the Gold Fields"

Founded by Dr. Robert Semple in 1847, the Martinez-Benicia ferry was the first established and longest operating ferry service in the S.F. Bay Area. In 1850 Oliver Coffin took over the operation and with his brothers purchased a new ferryboat, the "Carquinez", and built the Ferry Street Wharf, once located 100 feet west of this spot. The Pony Express, on one of its trips to San Francisco, first set foot in Contra Costa County on April 23, 1860, after an early morning ferry trip from Benicia. With the opening of the George A. Miller Memorial Bridge the ferry ceased operations September 14, 1962.

Dedicated September 20, 1997
Joaquin Murrieta Chapter Thirteen
E Clampus Vitus
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail series.
Year Placed1997
Placed ByJoaquin Murrieta Chapter Thirteen of E Clampus Vitus
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 3:14pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 575740 N 4208400
Decimal Degrees38.02013333, -122.13710000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 1.208', W 122° 8.226'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 1' 12.48" N, 122° 8' 13.56" W
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Area Code(s)510, 925
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 432-492 Joe DiMaggio Dr, Martinez CA 94553, US
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