#121 Main Street 1910

In the early years, Main Street was a simple country lane called Pacheco Road that connected Martinez to San Jose. As the lifeline of the town’s commercial district, the road served the Pony Express in 1860-61 and became a regular route for stagecoaches in the1880s. As a dirt road, Main Street had to be “watered” during dry weather to keep down the dust. Main Street was finally paved in 1921 and served as state Highway 21 until the freeway opened in 1960.

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