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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 the tule swampland cross 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.