“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Vacaville in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 5, 2020
1. Old Town Hall Marker
Inscription.  The "Old Town Hall” is registered with the National Register of Historic Places. CALIFORNIA No. 78000799 It was built in 1907 as a joint Solano County and Vacaville City project to replace the old, rickety jail which had mysteriously fallen into the creek below. This provided room for the City hand-drawn fire hose-cart and the upstairs council chamber, with its office rooms and lavatory. It was considered "the handsomest building in town” with its crenulated roof corners and bell tower.

The building was lighted by electricity, heated by gas and had lead plumbing. Two steel cells were for difficult prisoners. A long room across the rear of the building was "the walking room" (drunk tank) for ordinary drunks, hobos and thieves. There was a separate cell for ladies.

Downstairs was the town's first public water closet (toilet) as well as the pull-rope to ring the great fire bell in the tower above.

The walls, ceilings, and floors were made of 11 carloads of concrete, strengthened by 10,000 feet of steel rods. The building is said to be one of only two such, stout buildings west of the Mississippi River.


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fireproof building has stood firmly for over a century, serving as a jail, County Sheriff's Office, Firehouse, Courtroom, City Hall, Civil Defense Relay Station, Crisis Center, Art League Office, and presently housing the Vacaville Heritage Council and the Solano County Genealogical Society, along with the Pena Adobe Office, and the Solano County Historical Society.
Erected 2011 by Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number GPY 135-5.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
Location. 38° 21.384′ N, 121° 59.155′ W. Marker is in Vacaville, California, in Solano County. Marker is on East Main Street east of Davis Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 618 East Main Street, Vacaville CA 95688, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walker Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Odd Fellows Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Built 1864 (about 500 feet away); "The Hospital" (about 500 feet away); Gillespie’s Store (about 500 feet away); Site of First Business Building of Record
Old Town Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 5, 2020
2. Old Town Hall and Marker
(about 500 feet away); Triangle Building (about 600 feet away); Barcar Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vacaville.
Also see . . .  NRHP Nomination Form (National Archives Catalog). "Statement of significance: The old Vacaville Town Hall, built in 1907, served the early community's governmental needs from this single structure. It functioned as the town hall, courthouse, fire station, branch county jail. The jail was used jointly for my years by the town and the county sheriff's department. The first council meeting was held in the old Town Hall on Tuesday, August 6, 1907. It continued serving as the town's center of government until new city offices were built in the 1960's." (Submitted on February 5, 2020.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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Oct. 1, 2023