Mare Island Eagle.

Mare Island Eagle

Field review by the editors.

Vallejo, California

This 19th century carved eagle once topped a military building, and merits mention because someone had the presence of mind to preserve it in an unattended, outdoor glass display.

Mare Island Eagle.

The 7-ft. long carving of America's national bird clutches a quiver of arrows. It was installed on top of building 47 on June 19, 1876, according to Mare Island's official Naval shipyard log. The plaque notes: "Assumed it was in connection with the centennial celebration of the United States."

For over a century the eagle perched there, peering out through all flavors of San Pablo Bay weather. In 1985, the "badly deteriorated" bird was removed and painstakingly restored. It was placed into a ground-level display in front of the Administration Building.

The Navy moved out, most of the buildings are vacant, and the eagle has been cooking in its sealed, four-sided glass box. The patriotic predator endures, but his explanatory sign is sun-faded and almost unreadable.

Mare Island Eagle

Mare Island

Address:
Vallejo, CA
Directions:
Mare Island, Corner of Walnut Ave. and 8th St.
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Mare Island Naval Missile ParkMare Island Naval Missile Park, Vallejo, CA - < 1 mi.
Mare Island Naval Shipyard MuseumMare Island Naval Shipyard Museum, Vallejo, CA - < 1 mi.
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Mini-SF Bay - Army Corps of Engineers, Sausalito, CA - 20 mi.

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