The Pony Express

The Pony Express

Benicia was not on the regular Pony Express Route, but when the riders’ missed their steamer connection to San Francisco from Sacramento, they took the alternative route through Solano County.  This happened a total of 19 times in the 19 month history of the...
The City of Benicia Is Born 1847

The City of Benicia Is Born 1847

In June of 1846, Robert Semple, a young dentist and journalist from Kentucky was escorting Mexican General Mariano C. Vallejo to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento.  It was then that he saw the Strait of Carquinez for the first time. Most of the land north of the...
Commander McAllister

Commander McAllister

 Julian McAllister was the commanding officer of the arsenal from 1860 to 1886 and built a great deal of the buildings at the arsenal at that time.  He was the son of a prominent Savannah, Georgia family, the brother of New York society leader Ward McAllister and Hall...
The Clocktower 1859

The Clocktower 1859

When the new arsenal commander, Franklin D. Callender took over in 1856, he requested appropriations to be set aside for a new storehouse.  His correspondence to the ordnance office in Washington show his interest in the aesthetic as well as functional aspects of the...