Introduction to Benicia, California
Benicia, California, in Solano county, is 6 miles SE of Vallejo, California (center to center) and 18 miles N of Oakland, California.Part of the surrounding Vallejo - Fairfield - Napa metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Benicia is home to some 26,865 residents.
Benicia was established on May 19, 1847 by Robert Semple, Thomas O. Larkin, and Comandante General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. It was founded on the land sold to them by General Vallejo and was named after the General's wife, Francisca Benicia Carillo de Vallejo. Two major developments in the early 1960s - the closing of the Benicia Arsenal in 1960-64 and the completion of the Benicia-Martinez Bridge in 1962 completely changed Benicia. The population of Benicia grew steadily at a rate of about 1,000 people per year between 1970 and 1995 and slowly the city transformed from a poor town to a suburb.
Benicia and nearby Attractions
- Glass Beach
- Benicia Historical Museum
- Blue Rock Springs Golf Course
- Benicia Fire Museum
- Benicia Parks
- Benicia Peddler's Fair
Things To Do In Benicia
There are many interesting things to do in the city. The Farmers' market is held on Thursday evenings during the summer months. There is a large community picnic held on 4th July at Benicia's City Park every year. Sailing is a popular activity in Benicia and there is an active sailing community in the city. The community organizes several events and competitions. A yacht racing competition, sponsored by the Benicia Yacht Club is held during the summer months every year.
The nearest airport that serves the city is Metropolitan Oakland INTL.
Benicia Higher Education
The city is served by Diablo Valley College.