What You Can Do
Contact the Benicia City Council
Ask the City of Benicia to create a park at Jefferson Ridge.
Call 707-746-4200, e-mail, or meet with Benicia City Council members to advocate for a public park at Jefferson Ridge. Speak during the public comment period at City Council meetings.
Contact U.S. and State Representatives
Tell them the heart of the Benicia Arsenal Historic District—a National Register-listed place with key ties to state and U.S. history, dating back to before the Civil War—is threatened by development, with little chance for local control due to state laws for housing streamlining.
U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson https://mikethompsonforms.house.gov/contact/
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator Alex Padilla
San Francisco: 415-981-9369 OR Sacramento: 916-448-2787
State Senator Bill Dodd
Vallejo: 707-551-2389 OR Sacramento: 916-651-4003
State Assembly member Tim Grayson
Vallejo: 707-642-0314 OR Sacramento: 916-319-2014
Visit Jefferson Ridge
The grounds of the Clocktower Fortress—the original (1855) U.S. Army arsenal, currently owned by the City of Benicia—are a good place to start your tour and experience the beauty of Jefferson Ridge. See the Arsenal History page for a map and other details. Google Maps
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Learn more about the Arsenal and other Benicia history
Visit the Benicia Historical Museum, located in the Arsenal’s historic Camel Barns.
Tour the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area, designated in 2019 as the first National Heritage Area in California. The National Heritage Area includes the Arsenal and the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park.
Check out the City of Benicia’s Arsenal Historic District information, including the City’s adopted Arsenal Historic Conservation Plan.
Learn more about famous people associated with the Arsenal:
General Ulysses S. Grant, General William Tecumseh Sherman, and General John J. Pershing —notable U.S. Army personnel once stationed at the Arsenal.
Stephen Vincent Benet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who spent part of his childhood at the Arsenal.