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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Vallejo, California

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Fairfield is the county seat for Solano County
Vallejo is in Solano County
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1 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 24 Pounder from the USS Independence
The Independence was built during the War of 1812 for service against Great Britain. She was the first ship-of-the-line, or vessel with 3 gun decks, in the United States Navy. In 1846 she came to the Pacific and participated in the capture of . . . Map (db m153494) HM
2 California, Solano County, Vallejo — A Large Carved Eagle (Wood)
The following entry appears in the official Shipyard Log of June 19, 1876: "A large carved Eagle (wood) was placed on the pediment of the office building today." No information is available as to the name of the artist, or the occasion for . . . Map (db m91586) HM
3 California, Solano County, Vallejo — An Island Built of Mud
Each year millions of tons of sediment wash out from the Central Valley through the Carquinez Strait and get deposited in the mudflats of the San Pablo and San Francisco bays. Because the docks on the opposite side of the island are a natural . . . Map (db m232402) HM
4 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Battle Station Torpedo
This memorial dedicated to the valiant officers and enlisted men who served in the United State submarines in World War II Dec. 7, 1944 to Sept. 1, 1945 Dedicated by the Vallejo Chapter United States Submarine Veterans of World War II . . . Map (db m218048) WM
5 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Beyond These Sentry Houses
The two Sentry Houses before you mark the entrance to the Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot, which was the United States' first naval arsenal in the Pacific. The Depot manufactured, stored, and transported munitions for the U.S. Navy from 1857 . . . Map (db m153855) HM
6 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Carnegie LibraryVallejo Celebrates Its Downtown History
In 1903, industrialist Andrew Carnegie offered $20,000 to erect a new public library in Vallejo. The donation was made with the provision that the city provide $2,000 each year for its operation. Dedicated on July 4, 1904, the library was located on . . . Map (db m100475) HM
7 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Civil War - Unknown Dead Monument
Erected to the Memory of the Unknown Dead 1861 - 1865 G.A.R.Map (db m113190) WM
8 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 24 — Craven-Voss House
This Classical Revival residence is a exceptional local example of mid-19th century architecture. It was built in 1869 for Rear-Admiral Thomas Tingey Craven, former Commandant of Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The house was purchased in 1977 by Arvel . . . Map (db m100489) HM
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9 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 16 — D.C. Madam's House
This Greco-Italianate residence was constructed by Thomas B. Elder in the 1870s on this site which John B. Frisbie obtained by patent from President Andrew Johnson. The home was restored in the 1970s by John and Ruth Derry. Plaque . . . Map (db m100467) HM
10 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Empress TheaterVallejo Celebrates Its Downtown History
Built in 1911 it was to be " of the prettiest small theaters on the coast". Admission to vaudeville acts was 10¢ to 30¢. The theater underwent frequent name changes, including The Fox Senator. By the 1920s musical comedies and . . . Map (db m100477) HM
11 California, Solano County, Vallejo — First Catholic Church
On August 19, 1855, the first Catholic Church in Vallejo was dedicated on this site. Map (db m100465) HM
12 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 751 — First U.S. Naval Station In The Pacific
Mare Island Navy Yard was established September 16, 1854, by the then Commander David G. Farragut, USN. Site selected in 1852 by a commission headed by Commodore John D. Sloat, USN. Mare Island had the Navy's first shipyard, ammunition depot, . . . Map (db m35020) HM
13 California, Solano County, Vallejo — First Wireless Station Reported missing
On a hill 300 feet south of this point, the first naval wireless station on the Pacific Coast was erected in 1904. Plaque erected in Sept 1954Map (db m26010) HM
14 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Fourth Marine Division Memorial
In honor and memory of all members of the Fourth Marine Division 1943 thru 1945 4 Roi-Namur Saipan Tinian Iwo Jima "Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue" Dedicated by the Ray Marine Chapter #31 of . . . Map (db m91516) WM
15 California, Solano County, Vallejo — German Marder and Torpedo
This German Marder ("Pine Marten") and torpedo was captured during World War II and donated to Mare Island in 1947. Developed and used sparingly by the German Navy, they were used in the English Channel and Mediterranean. They were not considered . . . Map (db m91483) HM
16 California, Solano County, Vallejo — H.B.M. Centurian Anchor
Anchor from H.B.M. Ship Centurian which was lost in 1742 at Jaun Fernandez Island Robinson Crusoe's Island Recovered by the U.S.S. Lackawanna May 1882 Map (db m152987) HM
17 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Hunter Memorial Promenade
This promenade was given to the people of Vallejo by Alena Maude Hunter in loving memory of her father, James, a prospector at Bidwell's Bar during the Gold Rush of 1849, and a pioneer rancher in this area.Map (db m152680) HM
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18 California, Solano County, Vallejo — In Memory of the Port Chicago 50 - Vallejo, August 1944
This memorial is dedicated to the 50 African American sailors who in August 1944 courageously refused to work under unsafe and dangerous conditions loading munitions at Mare Island Navy Yard. Just weeks before, they had survived a deadly July 17, . . . Map (db m153856) HM WM
19 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Mansion Gallery Reported missing
Built in 1902 by George J. Herbert, given by the family to the Solano County Historical Society in 1961, and further restored in 1969 by the Artists League of Vallejo for the cultural benefit of the public.Map (db m100474) HM
20 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Mare Island - A Place of "Firsts"
Four years after California became a state in 1850, the U.S. Navy commissioned Mare Island Shipyard, the first naval installation on the Pacific. Over 500 vessels, from wooden sailing ships to atomic submarines, were built at Mare Island . . . Map (db m232395) HM
21 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Power & Fleming GrocersVallejo Celebrates Its Downtown History
Power & Fleming Grocers was located at the northwest corner of Virginia and Marin Streets, c. 1907. The Fleming family owned property on the outskirts of town where they produced fruit, vegetables, dairy, etc. Their goods were brought into town to . . . Map (db m100466) HM
22 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 21 — Red Men's Hall
The Red Men's Hall is a variant of the Renaissance Revival style and exhibits three Native American terra cotta portraits. The building is the home of Samoset Tribe No. 22, organized in 1869. The building was constructed in 1925 and is the work of . . . Map (db m100460) HM
23 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Sentry Houses, A272 and A279Circa 1942 Reported missing
These sentry houses are key contributing features of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. A National Historic Landmark, Marine Corps manned A272 to guard entry to the high security naval ammunition depot, while A279 was a waiting booth for those . . . Map (db m153854) HM
24 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 10 — St. Peter's Chapel
City Landmark No. 10 Dedicated on October 13, 1988 This chapel is the oldest naval chapel in the Pacific and the first interdenominational chapel in the service. Originally dedicated on October 13, 1901, this shingle style chapel was designed by . . . Map (db m78899) HM
25 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 3 — St. Vincent Ferrer Church
This Gothic style Church was dedicated on June 28, 1898. Map (db m100472) HM
26 California, Solano County, Vallejo — The Alibi Clock
This clock was built by E. Howard of Boston in 1914. It was originally located in front of Burnett Brothers Jewelry Store on Market Street, San Francisco The clock became nationally known after the San Francisco Preparedness Day Parade on July . . . Map (db m100491) HM
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27 California, Solano County, Vallejo — The Carquinez Strait: Gateway to California's Riches
The bridges, oil refineries, factories and ports along the East Bay shoreline reflect a commercial history that dates back to the Gold Rush. The Carquinez Strait provided easy passage for ships carrying cargo and people to and from the gold . . . Map (db m232404) HM
28 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 9 — The Elsa Widenmann Home
This Classical Revival House was built in 1921 for Miss Elsa Widenmann, a long time civic leader, and her mother, the widow of Charles Widenmann. The carriage house, earlier part of the John Frisbie estate, the barn and the house site are a portion . . . Map (db m100476) HM
29 California, Solano County, Vallejo — The Heritage HouseCity Landmark No.7 — Designated on May 23, 1985 —
This c.1880 Eastlake Cottage was originally located at 815 Marin Street. The house was a gift from Senator Luther E. Gibson to the Vallejo Architectural Heritage Foundation. The foundation moved and restored the house with funds from the City of . . . Map (db m217854) HM
30 California, Solano County, Vallejo — The Western Magazine
In addition to the naval shipyard, other military functions were established on the island. From 1857 to 1975 the Naval Ammunition Depot - located at the southern tip of the island - manufactured, tested and stored ammunition that supplied the . . . Map (db m232401) HM
31 California, Solano County, Vallejo — This Eight Inch Gun
This eight inch gun was part of the battery of the frigate Independence Placed on board at New York in 1841 Participated in capture of Guaymas and Mazatlan 1847Map (db m217891) HM WM
32 California, Solano County, Vallejo — USS Hartford 10 Inch Dahlgren Smooth Bore Cannon
10 Inch Dahlgren Smooth Bore Cannon from the USS Hartford Admiral Farragut fought his most famous battle aboard the USS Hartford at Mobile Bay during the Civil War. Mobile was defended by three Confederate forts, Morgan, Gaines and . . . Map (db m152691) HM
33 California, Solano County, Vallejo — USS Independence Cannon
This eight inch gun was part of the battery of the frigate Independence Placed on board at New York in 1841 Participated in capture of Guaymas and Mazatlan 1847Map (db m218047) HM WM
34 California, Solano County, Vallejo — USS Warren Cannon
From battery of USS Warren Guard ship at Monterey during Mexican War Receiving ship at Sausalito and San Francisco 1848-1853 First receiving ship Mare Island 1853-1859Map (db m218044) HM WM
35 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 574 — Vallejo As State Capital
Vallejo was the official seat of state government from February 4, 1851 to February 4, 1852. The Capitol, shown above, within which the Legislature convened in 1852 and 1853, stood near this spot.Map (db m100459) HM
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36 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 6 — Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
This Spanish Renaissance Revival building has served as a museum since 1979. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m100458) HM
37 California, Solano County, Vallejo — Vallejo War Memorial
In Memory of Those Who Served World War II Theodore G. Albee • Robert Dean Alexander • Ray A. Allen • Harold Ivan Alley • Alonzo L. Andersen • Emiel Andersen • Lester E. Anderson • George L. Andrews • Gordon B. Ashley • William J. Avala • . . . Map (db m218054) WM
38 California, Solano County, Vallejo — 14 — Widenmann-Plutchok Home
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39 California, Solano County, Vallejo, Mare Island — Anchor for the USS TREPANG (SS412)
The USS Trepang, the first US Navy ship to be given that name, was a Balao Class Diesel-Electric submarine, built at Mare Island Naval Shipyard and commissioned in May, 1944. She was under the command of Roy Milton Davenport, the first individua and . . . Map (db m217850) HM
40 California, Solano County, Vallejo, Mare Island — Anna Arnold Key Turner
Plaque One: Daughter of Francis Scott Key 1779-1843 A United States Bicentennial Commemoration Placed by Sequoia Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Plaque Two: War of 1812 US Real . . . Map (db m217774) HM
41 California, Solano County, Vallejo, Mare Island — Breech Loading Cannon
Captured in Korea 11 June 1871 By the U.S.S. Benicia Commander L.A. Kimberly U.S.N. COMDG. Lt. COMDR W.S. Schley U.S.N. ExecutiveMap (db m217288) HM WM
42 California, Solano County, Vallejo, Mare Island — Charlene Haught JohnsonNorth Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility — Mare Island, California —
The North Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility is dedicated to Charlene Haught Johnson – daughter of a career United States Naval Officer, attorney, mother, and civic leader. Charlene served from May, 2000 to January, 2004 as the first chairwoman . . . Map (db m217852) HM
43 California, Solano County, Vallejo, Mare Island — Farragut Plaza
Construction Started Dec. 1854 as “The Avenue.” Dedicated Sept. 1954 as “Farragut Plaza.” Plaque presented by Naval Civilian Administrators Association Sept. 16, 1954Map (db m217772) HM
44 California, Solano County, Vallejo, Mare Island — Mare Island Navy Yard Work Bell
This bell, cast of steel, in Sheffield, England in 1860, was the “start work” and “stop work” signal on Mare Island Navy Yard for many years. Restored by shipyard apprentices at the Mare Island Apprentice School Seal: Mare Island . . . Map (db m217292) HM
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45 California, Solano County, Vallejo, Mare Island — Officers' Houses
Construction of brick houses started July 1855. Comdt’s house completed April 1856. Damaged by earthquake March 30, 1898. Rebuilt 1900. Plaque presented by Mare Island Employees’ Relief Association Sept. 1954Map (db m217770) HM
46 California, Sonoma County, Vallejo, Mare Island — Pillar of the Future Built by the Pillars of the Past
North Face: Mare Island Naval Shipyard Honoring the thousands of Military and Civilians who made Mare Island one of the Great Navy Yards 1854 – 1996 West Face: 1854 – 1904 Commander Farragut assumes command September . . . Map (db m217297) HM
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