Tuesday, July 24, 2007

California Historical Landmark #329

Jack and I stopped at the Bidwell Mansion on our way back from a couple of days at Camp Lassen with the cub scout pack. This is an odd place for me; my first wife and I got married in the Bidwell Mansion twenty five years ago.

Rancho del Arroyo Chico
California State Historical Landmark #329

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This landmark is in Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park at 525 The Esplanade, Chico, California in Butte County. There are 10 other California State Historical Landmarks in Butte County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N N 39° 43.945 W 121° 50.602.

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The 26,000-acre Rancho Chico was purchased in 1845-50 by John Bidwell. In 1865 he began construction of the mansion, which in time became the social and cultural center of the upper Sacramento Valley. It was through his advancement of agriculture, however, that Bidwell made his greatest contribution. Plants from all over the world were introduced to Rancho Chico to open the door to California's present agricultural treasure house.

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