The Benicia Arsenal

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The Benicia Arsenal served the US Army in the West for 117 years. Located at a strategic location between the San Francisco Bay and the interior of California, the military reservation began as cavalry barracks. During the Civil War, the arsenal was the logistics headquarters of the California Volunteers, a force that replaced the Army units that went east to fight. In the later 19th century, the arsenal supported missions in Russia, Hawaii, and South America. The 20th century took the arsenal from the horse-and-buggy era to Nike missiles and provided support during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During World War II, half the workforce was made up of women, and in the postwar period, as the Army integrated, so did the arsenal. The arsenal closed in 1964, and the land was converted into an industrial park that now houses over 300 companies.
ISBN: 9781467109635
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 193
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Collecting documentary material from the collections of the Benicia Historical Museum and the National Archives, local historians James E. Lessenger and H. Allan Gandy tell the story of the arsenal, its missions, and its people.
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