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

Birds Landing - Benjamin's Store

 
 
Birds Landing - Benjamin's Store Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 7, 2009
1. Birds Landing - Benjamin's Store Marker
Inscription. In 1869 John Bird constructed a wharf and warehouse on Montezuma Slough. Soon, one mile east of the wharf, a community began to evolve. A blacksmith shop came first, and then the store was built in 1875. In this year the town was officially named Birds Landing and Bird was named postmaster. By 1878 the town boasted a butcher shop, a saloon, shoemaker and a furniture business. In 1880 Bird bought one half interest in the store. Chris and Evelyn Benjamin bought the store from Bird in 1921 and Evelyn served as postmaster for 50 years. The post office then relocated to a tool shed and held the distinction as being one of the nations smallest full service post offices.

Dedicated April 26, 2008 By Sam Brannan Chapter #1004 E Clampus Vitus
 
Erected 2008 by Sam Brannan Chapter #1004, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 7.965′ N, 121° 52.256′ W. Marker is in Birds Landing, California, in Solano County. Marker is at the intersection of Collinsville Road and Birds Landing Road, on the right when traveling south on Collinsville Road. Click for map. The building is located kitty-corner to "Mel's" ("cold libations",
Benjamin's Store Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 7, 2009
2. Benjamin's Store
Colonial Revival designed and built in 1875 by Moses Dinkelspiel. The building is also known as the Bird and Dinkelspiel store, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
lots of historical photos of the area), the lone retail establishment in Birds Landing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2145 Collinsville Road, Birds Landing CA 94512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hump (approx. 5.1 miles away); Federal Relocation of Italians in America During World II (approx. 6.9 miles away); Bank of America (approx. 7 miles away); Black Diamond (approx. 7 miles away); “The Steelworker in Pittsburg” (approx. 7 miles away); Pittsburg Post Dispatch Building (approx. 7 miles away); City of Antioch War Dog Memorial (approx. 8.4 miles away); The McCoy Cook House (approx. 8.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Birds Landing - Benjamin's Store. A local landmark, the store served as a backdrop in Clint Eastwood's 1982 film Honkytonk Man. The store closed in 1987.
 
Also see . . .  Once Flourishing, Town Now Echoes History. The Vacaville Heritage Council's article on the history of Birds Landing, including Benjamin's Store, by Jerry Bowen. (Submitted on March 11, 2009.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Additional Information Regarding the Marker Dedication
Dale Welsh was Noble Grand
Plaque Dedication Ceremony Photo, Click for full size
By Loren Wilson, April 26, 2008
3. Plaque Dedication Ceremony
Humbug when this plaque was dedicated. Plaque wording by Loren A. Wilson.
    — Submitted April 15, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California.

 
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Bird Family Plot in Shiloh Cemetery in Birds Landing Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 7, 2009
4. Bird Family Plot in Shiloh Cemetery in Birds Landing
John Bird (born in New York in 1837, died 1921), the founder of Birds Landing, and his family lie buried in the family plot behind the Shiloh Church on Shiloh Road (38.168N, 121.890W).
Still from the movie "Honkytonk Man" Photo, Click for full size
By Jack N. Green and others, ca. 1981
5. Still from the movie "Honkytonk Man"
The store is a gambling hall called the "Choo-Choo" shown about 49 minutes into the movie.
 
 
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