History of Benicia

History is integral to the City of Benicia. Founded in 1847, Benicia celebrated its Sesquicentennial (150) Anniversary in 1997.

In 1850, Benicia was the third city in California to incorporate, a month after San Francisco and Sacramento.  On February 5, 1853, the California Legislature voted to move into Benicia's new City Hall and make it the State Capitol.  Benicia was the State Capital for one year.  In 1854, the Legislature relocated the State Capital to Sacramento.  The Benicia State Capitol and the Fischer Hanlon House stand today in downtown Benicia.  For more history, tap theBenicia Historical Museum or Benicia Historical Society buttons below.

To start the tour, tap the All the Buildings button and then tap the site button of where you are.  There is a button at the bottom of each webpage which will take you to the next historical site on the tour.
All the Buildings
QR Code Readers
Benicia Historical Museum Archival Collection
Benicia Historical Society Historical Links
Southern Pacific Train Depot
This project was made possible by the Benicia Public Library, the Benicia Historical Museum, and the Benicia Historical Society through a NorthNet Library System Grant.