Thursday, August 5, 2010

Upcoming bus trip and walking tour - Tale of Two Cities: Benicia & Martinez 8/21/10

BENICIA AND MARTINEZ (Bus trip) with Gary Holloway
Saturday, August 21st, from 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

Old state house, Benicia, CA

  • Price: $95 Member, $115 Non-Member (Includes transportation, guide and admissions, lunch is not included)
  • To purchase tickets please call 415-357-1848 ext. 229
  • Meet at California Historical Society @ 678 Mission Street

Our first CHS Tale of Two Cities bus trip will be two cities which frame the Carquinez Strait. In the morning we will drive around and walkabout Benicia, laid out by City Surveyor Jasper O’Farrell to be the metropolis of the West, due to its strategic location between the Great Valley and the Bay Area. Our third of four American-period capitals, Benicia is full of great architecture and many stories of early California. We will have our lunch here, there are many restaurants to choose from.  Then we will cross to the south side of the Strait to visit Martinez by bus and by (easy) walking. Here we will find a very healthy downtown area, complimented by the Contra Costa County Courthouses and a thriving stream habitat, complete with beavers! And we’ll find the birthplace of Joe Dimaggio, and the longtime home of John Muir.
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