Benicia History

Majestic Theater

by Beverly Phelan The Majestic Theatre in Downtown Benicia opened with great fanfare on February 23, 1920.  By 7:30 PM – opening time – there were more than 1200 people waiting to be admitted, with only half of the people fortunate enough to get in at the first show!...

The Mizners – A Very Interesting Family!

The Mizner Family was one of Benicia's most interesting pioneer families. They arrived in California at the founding of Benicia in the 1840's. They built a house and kept a small farm on what is now East L St. near First St. (where the Benicia Public Library is...

1860’s, 1870’s, 1880’s & 1890’s

The original land grants gifted to General Vallejo in 1843, incorporating much of Solano and Sonoma County, were ultimately invalidated in the 1860's. This was due in part due to their sheer size as well as the fact that they were granted by the Mexican Governor,...

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 Pony...