Benicia, a town of many California “Firsts” includes Peabody Hospital, (the first hospital in the state), depicted in an historic painting by F.A. Buttman along with glorious views of the Carquinez Strait.
Benicia’s proud history stretching back to the Civil War is at the forefront in preserving its iconic buildings through listings on the National Registry of Historic Places. With such a designation, and restoration grants become a higher possibility.
A US army commander, in 1943, grew tired of complaints about hawks killing livestock in the Benicia Arsenal, and so ordered that hawks be shot with short-range rifles. An historic photo depicts soldiers displaying the dead birds on an army vehicle. All raptors are now protected with stiff penalties and other actions for violations.
A slew of parties, including a costumed one, were held Halloween Weekend for Benicia High School belles, which, from a historic photo courtesy of Benicia Historical Museum along with other information, included games and dancing.
The Benicia Historical Museum has, in its archives, a series of historic baseball photos that took place on Fitzgerald Field in 1906. The “Benicia Glendons” were playing “The Allen Dry Goods Company” from San Francisco.
Benicia’s historical buildings, including the State Capitol, Guard and Engine House, Clock Tower and Commanding Officer’s Quarters, set amongst tree lined streets and waterfront charm, help tell its present-day story.
A historic Benicia photograph of a July 4, 1914 celebration sparks patriotism as we approach Benicia’s robust Independence Day activities. Although the parade and other activities are still intact today, an annual essay contest was part of the early 20th century festivities.