Vacaville in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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Gillespie’s Store stood at this spot. This was also a Wells, Fargo & Co. Office. E. F. Gillespie was their first agent in Vacaville.
There would only be 2 trips overland by horse to San Francisco from Sacramento in 1860. In 1861, this would be repeated another 18 times. On the first trip the Pony Express rider Sam Hamilton took the Yolo Plank Turnpike across tule swampland, crossed the Putah Creek, and made his first stop for another horse at the Solano House.
His next destination was the halfway house where a red lantern would hang
[A list of donors is on bottom of base.]
Erected 1997 by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, Pony Express Trail Association.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
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, on the right when traveling north on Merchant Street. Marker is located in front of the Heritage House Cafe. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Merchant 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. Site of First Business Building of Record (here, next to this marker); Built 1864 (a few steps from this marker); Triangle Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Odd Fellows Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Hospital" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walker Opera House (about 400 feet away); Barcar Building (about 400 feet away); The Andrew Carnegie Public Library (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vacaville.
Regarding Gillespie’s Store. Also see: All other California Pony Express markers for additional information.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Pony Express. (Submitted on March 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Ancestry.com Gillespie Family Blog. (Submitted on March 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. Founding of the Pony Express. (Submitted on March 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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.
— Submitted March
2. Pony Express-Vacaville
In downtown Vacaville, on the corner of Merchant and Main, a historic marker denotes an important stop not only for California, but for the entire United States. The portion of the Pony Express which ran from Sacramento to Benicia made frequent stops at Gillespie’s General Store in Vacaville. Today, the marker, along with a mural outside of Heritage House Café, serves as a memento of the first “fast mail” line across the continent from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast.
— Submitted March 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,711 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.