Friday, November 03, 2006

California Historical Landmark #177

Site of Former Benicia Barracks
California State Historical Landmark #177

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This landmark is located in Francesca Terrace Park across from the Benicia National Guard Armory at 711 Hillcrest Ave in Benicia. There are 13 other California State Historical Landmarks in Solano County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 03.377 W 122° 08.284.

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Benicia Barracks, established on April 30, 1849 and organized by Brevet Lt. Col. Silas Casey, 2nd U.S. Infantry, was the U.S. Army headquarters for the Department of the Pacific from 1851-1857. Also known as the 'Post near Benicia,' it remained a garrison installation until 1898. The post hospital, built in 1856, is the only remaining structure associated with the original Barracks. The Barracks became part of the Benicia Arsenal, which closed in 1964.

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