Thursday, July 01, 2010

Pony Express Halfway House

Pony Express
Halfway House

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This marker is located Located at 6130 Silveyville Road, Dixon, California. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 27.660 W 121° 51.500.

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Halfway House Pony Express Station
Halfway House Pony Express Station

The station was located 90 feet southwest of here and called the "Halfway House" or Slivey's Hotel. There was a telegraph station and some other businesses here.

The first Pony Express Trip through 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.

Halfway House Pony Express Station

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