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Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Clock Tower

Built in 1859

 
 
Clock Tower Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
1. Clock Tower Marker
Inscription. The first stone fortress in the far west. Originally had two towers, but following an accidental explosure in 1912, it was rebuilt with only one tower and the present clock was installed. Buring the building’s history, it has served as a chapel, munitions depot, and as a National Guard Armory.
 
Location. 38° 2.767′ N, 122° 7.935′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street. Click for map. Marker and site are located at the top of the hill. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1189 Washington Street, Benicia CA 94510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Commandant's Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. Quandt Lane (about 400 feet away); 1849 - Benicia Arsenal – 1964 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camel Barns (approx. half a mile away); Benicia Barracks Site (approx. 0.8 miles away but has been reported missing); 1854 – Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church – 1954 (approx. 1.4 miles away); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Benicia.
 
Regarding Clock Tower. See “Near
Clock Tower Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
2. Clock Tower Marker
By” marker 1849 - Benicia Arsenal – 1964 for additional information.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Posts at Benicia – Building 29, The Clock Tower Building. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. World War II – The Benicia Arsenal. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. A Photo of the Clock Tower, circa 1890. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
4. A Photo of the Clock Tower after the 1912 Explosion. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. The Clock Tower Fortress
Constructed in 1859, the Clock Tower Fortress is one of the largest and most important of the early Benicia Arsenal structures. The fortified storehouse had gunports aimed up the Suisun Bay and down the Carquinez Straits. In 1912, the third floor was destroyed by explosions and fire and the building altered to a two story structure. Later, the City of Benicia adapted the building for community use by adding a kitchen and other support facilities.
Source: Office of Historic Preservation – State of California.
    — Submitted February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills,
Clock Tower Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
3. Clock Tower
California.

2. The Clock Tower Fortress (1859)
The first U.S.military bastion and storehouse constructed in California. Built of sandstone quarried from surrounding hills, it commanded Carquinez Strait amd was designed to protect the post from Indian attacks. Today the building serves as a community center and is open to the public during scheduled functions.
Source: Historic Benicia Walking Tour brochure
    — Submitted February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Inscription on Front of Building Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
4. Inscription on Front of Building
Clock Tower Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
5. Clock Tower
Clock Tower Building Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 19, 2009
6. Clock Tower Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,729 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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