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

Rockville Station

In Search of the Pony Express - Station Marker

 
 
Rockville Station Marker - Obverse image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 8, 2010
1. Rockville Station Marker - Obverse
Inscription.  
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Dedicated April 23, 1998
Rockville House
Added Station
Apr. 3, 1860 - Sep. 8, 1861
By
Rockville Inn
Floyd & Lillian Hembree
Joseph C. Wolfskill Family
Ramirez Towing - Rudy's Auto Body
Solano #39 (NGSW) Native Sons
Pony Express Trail Association


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The "Rockville House" site was located on the northwest corner of Rockville and Suisun Valley Roads. This was a settlement and stage stop along the road between Sacramento and Benicia. Located here was a hotel, a blacksmith's shop and a few stores. The use of stone to construct buildings and walls in this area was an attractive feature.

The Pony Express first used this new route on April 23, 1860. The rider left from Vacaville, rode southwest then south to Fairfield. He left Fairfield going west on the Rockville Road for a last relay stop at the "Rockville House" and a fresh horse. He left for Benicia around 5:20 A.M. heading south. He could see Mt. Diablo rising above the southern horizon in the early morning light.

© 1998 Joe Nardone
 
Erected
Rockville Station Marker - Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 8, 2010
2. Rockville Station Marker - Reverse
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this page online
1998 by Pony Express Trail Association and others (see marker text).
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. In addition, it is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail 🐎 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 23, 1679.
 
Location. 38° 14.658′ N, 122° 7.335′ W. Marker is near Fairfield, California, in Solano County. Marker is at the intersection of Suisun Valley Road and Rockville Road on Suisun Valley Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4163 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield CA 94534, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rockville Stone Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Burial Site of Chief Solano (approx. 0.7 miles away); Village of Cordelia Historic District (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cordelia and the Fire (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cordelia (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cordelia: A Thriving Town (approx. 2.4 miles away); Thompson's Corner Saloon - 1902 (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cordelia Begins (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfield.
 
More about this marker. The front and back of the marker name the following sponsors: James Stevenson Publisher; Max & Eva Stets; Supervisor Gordon Gojkovich; Emilia Stets Barret; Solano County; Steven Hembree & Son; Glasshoff Family; Tieler & Leah Rose Hembree; Frederick S. Jones Family; The Dino Colla Salon; Guido & Rosetta Colla; The Granville Jones Family; Cadenasso Family; Kolbert & Gibson Families; Gene & Joann Cornett; Mac & Bette Maginnis Family; Otto-Dolores & Jim Ruffer; Jarma Rose & Brea Ann Jones; Allbright-Darville-Siebe; Carl & Sarajane Hakenen; The Dana's - Birds Landing; Kerry T. Johnston; Wallace & Oveda Tidwell; Ed & Betty Grantham Family; Tim, Alex & Mia Farmer; Garrison C. Rees, Jr.; Jon, Verda & Richard Lowe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rockville grew into crossroads for early routes. Kristi Delaplane Conti's history of early Rockville. (Submitted on May 11, 2010.) 

2. 'Pony' riders found Solano shortcut. Jerry Bowen's article on the route taken by the Pony Express through Solano County. (Submitted on May 11, 2010.) 
 
Rockville Station Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 8, 2010
3. Rockville Station Marker - Wide View
The marker is directly in front of the Rockville Bar and Grill, on the northwest corner of of the intersection of Suisun Valley and Rockville Roads.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,571 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 11, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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