SOLANO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
 

517 Listings

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Population: 394,542     2000 census
Area: 530,030 Acres
County Seat: Benecia 1850 - 1858 Fairfield 1858 - present
State Capitol Vallejo (February 4, 1851 - February 4, 1853)
Date: February 18, 1850 Original county

 

Mining Districts
Name Type
   
   
   
Historical Landmarks
Number

Name

Date
153 Benicia Capitol 1852
174 First Building in California Erected by Masonic Lodge for use as a Hall 1850
175 Site of First Protestant Church April 15, 1849
176 Benicia Arsenal (Depot)
once called California Ordinance Depot and Benicia Arsenal Depot
August, 1851
177 Site of Former Benicia Barracks April 30, 1849
534 Vaca-Pena Adobe 1843
574 Site of State Capitol at Vallejo
(February 4, 1851 - February 4, 1853
February 4, 1851
751 First U. S. Naval Station in the Pacific
(Mare Island Naval Yard)
September 16, 1854
779 Rockville Stone Chapel February, 1857
795 Benicia Seminary 1852
804 University of California Experimental Farm, Wolfskill Grant 1937
862 Saint Paul's Episcopal Church 1860
880 Fischer-Hanlon House 1858
973 Turner/Robertson Shipyard, 1883-1918 1883

 

Census Totals

1850 1860 1870 1880
580 7,169 16,871 18,475

 

Territorial History

1850 One of the 27 original counties
  Territory from Sonoma to Solano (1853)*
Territory from Solano to Napa (1855)
Territory from Solano to Yolo (1857)
Territory from Solano to 
Territory from Solano to 
Territory from Solano to 

 

* Mare Island was in Sonoma County from 1850 - 1853 when it was placed in Solano County.
The county gets its name indirectly from that of the Franciscan missionary, Father Francisco Solano, whose name was given in baptism to the chief of one of the Indian tribes of the region. Before receiving the name Solano, the chief was called Sem-yeto, which signifies "brave or fierce hand." At the request of General Mariano Vallejo, the county was named for Chief Solano, who at one time ruled over most of the land and tribes between the Petaluma Creek and the Sacramento River.

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