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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 image. 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers.
 
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. Marker is mounted on the left front of The Heritage House Cafe building. 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. Gillespie’s Store (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
Vacaville-First Business Building Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 6, 2009
2. Vacaville-First Business Building Site Marker
(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 Site of First Business Building of Record. 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.
 
The Heritage House Cafe image. 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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 928 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 7, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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