Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Erected 1940 by Benicia Old Timers Committee A.D. 1940.
Location. 38° 2.652′ N, 122° 9.742′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Marker is on First Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the foot of First Street. Marker is in this post office area: Benicia CA 94510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dedicated to the Memory of Pony Express Riders (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express Ferry “Carquinez” (within shouting distance of this marker); Benicia Historic Tannery - Circa 1890 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Merritt House C. 1869 (approx. ¼ mile away); Solano Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bohn Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Founders of Benicia (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert Semple (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benicia.
1. Jack London (John Griffith) (1876-1916)
Jack London, whose life symbolized the power of will, was the most successful writer in America in the early 20th Century. His vigorous stories of men and animals against the environment, and survival against hardships were drawn mainly from his own experience. An illegitimate child, London passed his childhood in poverty in the Oakland slums. At the age of 17, he ventured to sea on a sealing ship. The turning point of his life was a thirty-day imprisonment that was so degrading it made him decide to turn to education and pursue a career in writing. His years in the Klondike searching for gold left their mark in his best short stories; among them, The Call of the Wild, and White Fang. His best novel, The Sea-Wolf, was based on his experiences at sea. His work embraced the concepts of unconfined individualism and Darwinism in its exploration of the laws of nature. He retired to his ranch near Sonoma, where he died at age 40 of various diseases and drug treatments.
— Submitted February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Categories. • 20th Century • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Persons •
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