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How Do You Know If You're From Benicia?

New social media page gives Benicians a way to reminisce online.

There's a new Facebook group called You know you're from Benicia when.... 

The Facebook group's page is a place where people can go to share their memories of growing up in Benicia.  There are references to the gas station that used to be at the corner of First and J, teen hangouts and cruising First Street.

And then there is this post from Kathy Ritter Hanks that will resonate with anyone who has ever lived in a small town. "You can't wait to get out of Benicia when you graduate, then you move back to raise your family."

JB Davis August 25, 2011 at 04:26 AM
Try this url: http://www.facebook.com/BeniciaPatch#!/groups/218144268232711/ It worked for me.
Don DeCosta August 28, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Thanks, JB. Interestingly the URL you sent is for a different group. This new group's description does hint at the drama that led to the original group's disappearance though. In the short time I was reading the original group I noticed the "strong suggestion" by some to only share happy memories. The original group also had some sad and surprising, but interesting, posts on the history of racism in Benicia. Hopefully I'll get some time to catch-up on this new group and share my memories of Frankenburger.
Olivia Gomez January 15, 2012 at 06:29 AM
The first stop light was at East Fifth and M St. It was to regulate the flow of traffic at starting and quitting time for the old Arsenal.
Olivia Gomez January 15, 2012 at 06:37 AM
My family moved to Benicia in 1953. I went to school here, went to church, and did most all our business downtown on First Street. I never was aware of any brothels or a bad reputation during all those years. Benicia had working class families and life was pretty mellow back then. I never heard about those houses of ill repute and my parents never warned me about places to avoid. At Holloween we could go trick-or-treating from one end of town to the other without a worry. I only heard that Benicia had had brothels in the 1970's when talking to someone in S.F. about where I grew up. I am insulted that that subject comes up in every discussion of the town's past. Each time the stories get more and more exaggerated. I would like someone to provide substantial proof that my hometown was that bad back then.
RidinLow January 15, 2012 at 07:19 AM
When you realize people around you have NO Sense OF Humor! EvER!!!!!

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