sanluisobispo---Copy.png
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Travel
KCBX is proud to foster the performing and studio arts through partnerships with the following arts organizations in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.Arts Obispo (San Luis Obispo County Arts Council)Basin Street Regulars (the Central Coast Jazz Society)Cal Poly ArtsCalifornia International Choral FestivalCanzona Women's EnsembleLa Guitarra California FestivalFestival MozaicLobero TheatreOpera San Luis ObispoOpera Santa BarbaraPCPA TheaterfestSan Luis Obispo Museum of ArtSan Luis Obispo SymphonySanta Barbara Chamber OrchestraThe Spot TheatreUCSB Arts & LecturesThe Wildling Museum

Journeys of Discovery: Benicia CA, an arts, culture and history haven 25 miles from SF

California's 3rd State Capital 1853-54 in Benicia, California
Thomas Wilmer
/

Benicia is situated along Carquinez Strait at the mouth of the Sacramento Delta, 35 miles from San Francisco. Benicia was established before the 1848 California Gold Rush. By 1853 it served briefly as California’s State Capital. Join Docent Mike Caplan at the State Historic Landmark; artist Mark Eanes at Arts Benicia, and Nancy Martinez, Executive Director of the Benicia Main Street Program.  

Benicia’s classic Greek Revival, sandstone and brick State Capital building, with fluted columns remains as California’s only surviving pre-Sacramento State House.

Benicia's California State Capital 1853-54
Credit Thomas Wilmer
Benicia's California State Capital 1853-54

Situated just off First Street in the heart of old town Benicia, the old Capital has been restored to original condition, including vintage desks, quill pens, spittoons, and whale oil lamps on the walls.

A California State Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Capital is a step back in time to the heyday of the California Gold Rush era.

Masterfully restored California State Capital 1853-54 in Benicia, California
Credit Jack Wolf
Masterfully restored California State Capital 1853-54 in Benicia, California

Come along and join State Park docent, Mike Caplan for a walking tour of the old capital. Benicia is located 35 miles from San Francisco between San Pablo Bay and Suisun Bay.

For further information about the historic Benicia State Capital State Historic Landmark and historic Benicia, log on to visitbenicia.org

Subsequent to the closure of the US military’s Benicia Arsenal back in 1964, a developer proposed to repurpose the former military installation as an artist live-work community. 

Today there are more than 50 artists who maintain live work studios in former military warehouses dubbed Arts Benicia.  

Artists meet at the Benicia Arsenal

Mark Eanes (Right), Jeff Tover (Center), Larnie Fox (Left) meet at Eanes’ studio at the Benicia Arsenal
Credit Jack Wolf

Edit | Remove

Mark Eanes is an instructor at the California College of Arts in Oakland, California, and an Arts Benicia Board Member. 

Larnie Fox, a former Executive Director of Arts Benicia, and Jeff Tover, an Arts Benicia Board Member and working artist, will join the conversation about the artists’ life at the Arsenal and Arts Benicia’s ongoing programs that include exhibitions, classes for adults, art experiences for kids, open studios and more.

Nancy Martinez, Executive Director of the Benicia Main Street Program
Credit Jack Wolf
Nancy Martinez, Executive Director of the Benicia Main Street Program shows off downtown Benicia, California

Nancy Martinez, Executive Director of the Benicia Main Street Program, takes us on a walking tour down First Street.  

Benicia, California's historic train depot--the one time terminus of the transcontinental railroad
Credit Thomas Wilmer
Benicia, California's historic train depot--the one time terminus of the transcontinental railroad today serves as the office for Benicia Main Street Program

Former hangout of Jack London in downtown Benicia, California
Credit Thomas Wilmer
Former hangout of Jack London in downtown Benicia, California
Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer iTunes album art
Credit Kornreich Design San Luis Obispo
Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer iTunes album art

You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR Podcast travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer via: 

Follow Tom on Social Media
Twitter: TomCWilmer

Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer

Facebook

Linkedin

Website

lowell_thomas_2016-winner-logo_21.jpg