Location. 38° 3.008′ N, 122° 9.54′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Touch for map. Marker is located at the flag pole on the grounds of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 West G Street, Benicia CA 94510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
sectionheadg>1. Robert Semple The City of Benicia was founded in 1847 by Robert Semple, the towering giant of a man (six feet eight to seven feet tall by various accounts) who was a leader of the Bear Flag Revolt and other important California enterprises after 1845. Born to a prominent, politically active Kentucky family, Semple was widely known for his strong opinions and for his boundless optimism, enthusiasm, and vigor. Trained as a printer, dentist, lawyer, M.D., and riverboat pilot, he possessed as amazing diverse background that was of great value in early-day California. Semple’s fascination with Benicia as the site for an important new city began in 1846 when he transported a prisoner of the Bear Flag Party, General Mariano Vallejo, from Sonoma to Sutter’s Fort. Semple was impressed by the site’s potential, and learned that Vallejo held title to the area under a Mexican land grant. Within a year Semple was part owner with Vallejo of five square miles surrounding the site of the prospective city. As of May 17, 1847, Thomas O. Larkin, one of California’s leading citizens and financiers, also became a partner in the venture. Soon the new city was being promoted. Advertisements appeared in California’s first regularly printed newspaper, The Californian, which Semple created, published, and for a time even printed. Semple established and personally operated
Sonoma County Historical Society
4. General Vallejo
a ferry service between Benicia and Martinez. He spent time encouraging merchants, land speculators, builders, shipping companies, and the U.S. Army and Navy to select Benicia as their home base in California.
By 1850 the rapidly growing town (population 1,000) was incorporated and named the Solano County seat. The U.S. Army established Benicia Arsenal in March 1849, and in 1850 the Pacific Mail Steamship Company established its major west coast depot and repair shop at Benicia. Source: Benicia Capitol State Historic Park Brochure
— Submitted February 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
2. From the Memoirs of General William T. Sherman "That Benicia was the best natural site for a commercial city I am satisfied, and had half the money and half the labor been bestowed upon it that has been spent on San Francisco, we should this day have a city of palaces on the Carquinez Straits."
— Submitted February 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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