Sportsman's Hall

Sportwsman's Hall A reconstructed restaurant now stands at the site of Sportsman's Hall, California's only Home Station. It was frequently called the Twelve Mile House and, on occasion, was simply referred to as "The Hall." It was opened in 1852 by John and James Blair who had immigrated from Scotland.

During the Comstock boom which began in 1859, Sportsmanss Hall was one of the most popular and most important places on the road. No inn on the Trail approached its size or the quality of its accommodations. The meals provided were famous to all who traveled this way and many on the Trail eagerly traveled extra miles to just eat at "The Hall." It served a host of freight wagons and as many as seven daily stages. It has been said that there were no less than a thousand head of horses and mules in the stables and corrals on many a night. You could stand in one spot and 300 wagons would pass daily.

Sportsman's Hall At 8:01 a.m. on the morning of April 4, 1860, Sam Hamilton, the first east-bound Pony Express rider, dashed up to Sportsman's Hall where Warren Upson, the second rider, was waiting to relieve him. In less than two minutes the mochila was removed from Sam's exhausted pony and placed onto Warrens's steed. Upson sped off into a blinding snow storm, and with the successful completion of his ride over the Sierras, rode into immortality.

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