Gillespie's Store

Gillespie's Store (HMAZN)

Location: Vacaville, CA 95688 Solano County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 21.395', W 121° 59.269'

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[Front of Marker:]
Dedicated April 23, 1997
Added Station
Apr 23, 1860 - Sep 8, 1861
Dave & Buff Fleming
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Vacaville Chamber of Commerce
Pony Express Trail Association

[A list of donors is on bottom of base.

[Back of marker:]
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 high as a beacon at Silveyville. Then with another relay change he rode off to Vacaville and Gillespie's store. When he arrived here it was around 4:00 A.M. and he left within a few minutes on another fresh horse.
1997 Nardone

[A list of donors is on bottom of base.]
Series This marker is part of the More Than Words series, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail series.
Year Placed1997
Placed ByAmerican Honda Motor Co., Inc., Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, Pony Express Trail Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 4:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 588436 N 4245864
Decimal Degrees38.35658333, -121.98781667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 21.395', W 121° 59.269'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 21' 23.70" N, 121° 59' 16.14" W
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Area Code(s)707, 916
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 303 Merchant St, Vacaville CA 95688, US
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