The Dinklespiel Store

The Dinklespiel Store was built in 1851 and opened for business the following year. The rugged structure was built of dressed blocks of rhyolite tuff, brought in by freighters over the rough trail from the Altaville quarry. A small adjoining building was added at a later date and served as a saddle shop and later as the Wells Fargo & Co. Express Office. A close look at the front of the building will reveal where the two structures were joined. L. Dinklespiel served as the first Wells Fargo agent in Vallecito.

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