Halfway House - Dixon, California
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 38° 27.660 W 121° 51.500
10S E 599606 N 4257583
Quick Description: A Pony Express Station Marker on the trail between Sacramento and Benicia.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 6/23/2010 6:18:30 AM
Waymark Code: WM93KC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 7

Long Description:
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.
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