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An award winning book tells the complete story
of California's Capital, from its days in San Jose, Vallejo and Benicia
Capital That Couldn't Stay Put
The Complete Book of California's Capitols - In its Award of Merit, the Conference of California Historical Societies writes, "With a rich vein of newly discovered and rediscovered historical gems, it is written with verve, insight and narrative skill. This 102-page tome with 68 rare illustrations covers the period from the Constitutional Convention in Monterey through details of the monumental restoration of the present capitol building in Sacramento.
On January 16, 1852 the Alta California reported the removal of the furnishings of the State Capitol from Vallejo. This followed a vote on January 9th in which the removal bill contained blanks for the location to which the legislature would move. Debate and suggestions for Monterey, Benicia and San Jose were rejected. The legislators were displeased with Vallejo as the location for the State House because the lone frame building was bare, without desks, chairs, rostrums, committee rooms, etc. Lodgings were poor and expensive and food was scarce. The steamboat Empire was pressed into service as a hotel serving 100 guests. No wonder the legislature was pleased to move temporarily to more commodious Sacramento, with its newly completed courthouse, which served as the new State House. Vallejo’s brief second chance with the capital came with the fourth session and ended with that same term, giving Benicia its chance. On February 11th, 1853 Benicia became the “permanent capital.” With the fifth session of the legislature Sacramento became, finally, the permanent seat of government.
Paperback, 102 pages. (8 1/2 x 11) $12.95
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