Near Dixon in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
In Search of the Pony Express - Station Marker
Apr. 23, 1860 - Sep. 8, 1861
Sidney & Diane Schroeder Family
Ron Dupratt Family
John & Patty Greiner Family
Dixon Historical Society
American Legion Dixon Post #208
Pony Express Trail Association
The station was located 90 feet southwest and called Halfway House or Silvey's Hotel. There was a telegraph and some other businesses here.
The first Pony Express trip here was on April 23, 1860 and the rider was Sam Hamilton. He left from Sportsman's Hall about 12 miles east of Placerville at 8:50 p.m. on April 22, 1860 and arrived at 1:00 a.m. in Sacramento. He had covered those 55.3 miles averaging 13.3 MPH. He was then told that he had to ride on to Benicia with the mail.
He left Sacramento at 1:10 A.M. with a fresh horse. He crossed the bridge over the Sacramento River and was on his way. He arrived here around 3:15 A.M. and left within 5 minutes on another fresh horse for Gillespie's Store in Vacaville.
© 1998 Joe Nardone
Erected 1998 by Pony Express Trail Association and others (see marker text).
Marker series. This marker is included in Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 27.667′ N, 121° 51.505′ W. Marker is near Dixon, California, in Solano County. Marker is at the intersection of Silveyville Road and Schroeder Road, on the left when traveling west on Silveyville Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6100 Silveyville Road, Dixon CA 95620, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village of Silveyville (a few steps from this marker); Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); J. Robert Chapman Memorial Bridge (approx. 7.2 miles away); Vaca Valley Railroad (approx. 7.2 miles away); Wolfskill Grant (approx. 7.3 miles away); Hotel De Vilbiss (approx. 7.3 miles away); Cradwick Building (approx. 7.3 miles away); Solano House (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dixon.
More about this marker. The marker is located at the roadside on the south side of Silveyville Road, underneath a couple of large trees, a couple of hundred feet east of where Silveyville Road meets Schroeder Road.
Regarding Halfway House. Along the front and back of the base of the marker the following sponsors are listed:
Also see . . . 'Pony' riders found Solano shortcut. Jerry Bowen's short article on the Pony Express route through Solano County. (Submitted on April 19, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,318 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.