Visiting Chico, California
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park --- #4 of 5
The city of Chico was founded by John Bidwell, who settled in the area in 1843. John and his wife, Annie, lived in this beautiful mansion, which served as a social and cultural center.
The Bidwells had no children of their own, but they had a large extended family and they loved to entertain. They would treat their visitors to a stay in the guest rooms and to rides in their fleet of carriages.