California Historic Landmarks

Rancho Del Arroyo Chico (Bidwell Mansion)

Site Information

Bidwell Mansion
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Landmark Number: 329
Location: 525 The Esplanade, Chico, Butte County
Marker Plaque: Official State Plaque

Description

From California Historical Landmarks:

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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The official marker plaque located at the front parking lot.
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Plaque detail.
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A porch at the mansion.
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Hallway and furnishings.
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Hallway and staircase.
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Kitchen shelf.
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Column detail.
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Carriage.
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Wagon

 

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