DescriptionNamed after the wife of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, one of its founders, Benicia is the location of California's oldest standing capitol building. It was the site of an Army arsenal and barracks as well as the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. before becoming the state's third capital in 1853. Several well-preserved houses date back to the early years of statehood.
The oldest Masonic lodge in the state stands at 110 West J St. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 120 East J St., was one of the first Episcopal cathedrals in northern California. Scandinavian shipwrights who worked on the church created a ceiling that resembles an inverted ship's hull, a design adapted from Norwegian stave churches.
Other historic structures include the four sandstone buildings comprising the Benicia Historical Museum, 2060 Camel Rd. Built in the mid-1850s, they contain exhibits about Benicia history and the U.S. Army arsenal. The last of the beasts from the Army's camel corps were auctioned off at the arsenal in 1864, following a brief attempt at using them as draft animals in the deserts of the Southwest.
Visitor InfoBenicia Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center 601 First St. Suite 100 BENICIA, CA 94510. Phone:(707)745-2120
Self-guiding toursThe chamber of commerce distributes a visitor's guide that includes information about self-guiding walking tours of historic Benicia.
Things to SeeBenicia Capitol State Historic Park