Pictured: The Fischer-Hanlon house is thought to have been built as a hotel and was located on First Street in Benicia. It was purchased by Joseph Fischer, a swiss-born Benicia merchant, in 1858 and subsequently moved to the lot next to the Benicia Capitol where it is still located today. The house was occupied by descendants of the Fischer family who made additions and renovations over the years. In 1969 the lot, house, and contents were given to the State of California, and the Fischer-Hanlon house became part of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park.
Francisca Benicia Carillo de Vallejo (1815-1891) was born into a prominent family at the Presidio of San Diego in 1815. She married Mariano Vallejo in 1832. The following year, the young couple was posted to the Presidio in San Francisco. The city of Benicia was named in her honor. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
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