Like Benicia, I had been to Martinez many years ago to visit a friend, but never saw the downtown. Martinez was a lot sleepier than Benicia. It was a Sunday, and many of the stores were closed and there were a lot less people walking around. Martinez claims to be the birthplace of the martini. It's right across the Cariquinez Strait from Benicia and the downtown has a lot of preserved buildings. John Muir lived here from around 1880 until his death in 1914.
The old Southern Pacific Railroad depot, built in 1876
And an old steam locomotive across the street from the train station
I thought the public library was pretty, although it was hard to get a good picture of it
This was a pretty building in the downtown area
The buildings downtown were well-preserved and many had plaques showing the history of the building. But, I just wasn't inspired to take a lot of pictures there for some reason. It was cute, but lacked the charm of Benicia. Still, it was nice to walk around it and check it out. I'd like to go back and see the John Muir National Historic Site, which there wasn't time to do this time around.