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Vacaville in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Site of First Business Building of Record

1855

 

—Vacaville —

 
Vacaville-First Business Building Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, March 6, 2009
1. Vacaville-First Business Building Site Marker
Inscription. On this site once stood a two-story wooden structure built by E. F. Gillespie. It served as his general merchandise store until 1863. The Masonic Lodge was headquartered upstairs. The building was removed in 1897.
 
Erected 1997 by Harvey and Lois Kaplow.
 
Location. 38° 21.395′ N, 121° 59.269′ W. Marker is in Vacaville, California, in Solano County. Marker is at the intersection of Merchant Street and Main Street when traveling north on Merchant Street. Click for map. Marker is mounted on the left front of The Heritage House Cafe building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Merchant Street, Vacaville CA 95688, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gillespie’s Store (here, next to this marker); Triangle Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Odd Fellows Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Walker Opera House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Andrew Carnegie Public Library (about 500 feet away); Uncle Burt's Tree (approx. 0.8 miles away); Nut Tree (approx. 1.7 miles away); Unknown Pioneer Ranchers (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vacaville.
 
Regarding Site of First Business Building of Record.
Vacaville-First Business Building Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, March 6, 2009
2. Vacaville-First Business Building Site Marker
See Other Nearby Marker "Gillespie’s Store" for additional information regarding this site.
 
Additional comments.
1. E.F. Gillespie
The Suisun City Historic Waterfront web site mentions that in 1868, George A. Gillespie, brother of E.F. Gillespie, was publishing the Solano Press. E.F. Gillespie had opened the first business in Vacaville and had gone on to become sheriff of Solano County.
Source:
http://www.suisunwaterfront.com/history/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=2
    — Submitted March 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
The Heritage House Cafe Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, March 6, 2009
3. The Heritage House Cafe
Located on the site of the First Business Building in Vacaville.
Note: Marker is located to the left of the windows.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 790 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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