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Solano Hotel - Benicia, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 38° 02.897 W 122° 09.587
10S E 573721 N 4211506
Quick Description: A Pony Express Station Marker in Benicia, California.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 2/9/2011 6:09:50 AM
Waymark Code: WMAPWV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 5

Long Description:
The back of the marker reads:

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.
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