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Communications and
Pony Express

1927-1955 Dixon Tel;ephone Directory.

Telephone Directory
1927-1955 Sacramento Area (including Dixon)

It's not often that a telephone book is entertaining reading, but this historic telephone directory is an exception. Many of the small towns mentioned here no longer exist. So, if you are searching for someone in, say Maine Prairie, or who might have lived in Drytown, you might just find them listed here. Even some of the distant ranches have their own phone numbers individually listed as opposed to today when everyone is lumped into an area code. This directory is a goldmine for the serious historian.

View this historical phone book:

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Pony Express of Silveyville Township – Silveyville Rd. and Schroeder Rd. – 1860-1861


The Pony Express was established in 1860 by the freighting firm Central Overland, California and Pikes Peak Express. The Pony Express transported mail across country for only 19 months between April 1860 and October 1861. Its route ran from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, and then the mail was loaded onto a barge in Sacramento to be taken to San Francisco. When the riders missed the barge, they had to ride on a horse from Sacramento to Benicia to catch a barge.  One of their stops by horse, from Sacramento to Benicia, was Silveyville. When the first transcontinental telegraph system was completed on October 24, 1861, it put the Pony Express out of business. This marker is located near the corner of Silveyville and Schroeder Roads. Over 200 riders participated in the Pony Express, including Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill. 

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