Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Built in 1853 and 1854 Cost $10,000 and $12,000
Erected by Benicia Historical Museum.
Location. 38° 3.187′ N, 122° 8.056′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Marker can be reached from Park Road. Touch for map. From the Benicia Arsenal Site take Park Road up the hill and follow the signs to the Camel Barns. Marker is in this post office area: 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 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gen. Quandt Lane (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1849 - Benicia Arsenal – 1964 (approx. half a mile away); Clock Tower (approx. half a mile away); World War I Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of Benicia Seminary (approx. 1.2 miles away); 1854 – Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church – 1954 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benicia.
More about this marker.
Regarding Camel Barns. The Benicia Camel Barns are now the site of the Benicia Historical Museum.
See "Nearby Marker" 1849-Benicia Arsenal-1964 for Additional Information
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A series of markers documenting the Army's Great Western Camel Experiment.
Also see . . .
1. The Benicia Historical Museum – History of Benicia Arsenal. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The Benicia Historical Museum Camel Barns Site. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. Camel Barns 1853 – 1854
The curious name for these sizable sandstone warehouses has an even more unbelievable origin. Camels were imported by the Army in 1856-57 to transport military supplies and materials into the Southwest desert. The “experiment” was terminated in 1863 leaving the Army with 35 surplus camels. The herd was driven to Benicia and housed in these storehouses until they were auctioned off in 1864.
Source: Historic Benicia Walking Tour Brochure
Categories. • Military • Notable Buildings • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 5,751 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on June 23, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.