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Mother Orange Tree of Butte County

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, November 15, 2012
1. Mother Orange Tree of Butte County Marker
Inscription. Judge Joseph Lewis planted this Mediterranean Sweet Orange seedling near the toll bridge at Bidwell’s Bar, Butte County, California in 1856. It has survived hard times and is the oldest living orange tree in California. “From its example and largely from its offspring, a new industry was started in a new section hundreds of miles north of a known citrus region. It was a true pioneer,” – Dr. H.J. Webber, Director, Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside, 1927. The Mother Orange was moved from Bidwell Bar during the construction of Oroville Dam in 1964 to protect it from inundation.
 
Erected 2006 by California State Park in cooperation with the Butte County Historical Society and U.C. Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor for Citrus in Butte County. (Marker Number CHL 1043.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 39° 30.674′ N, 121° 30.248′ W. Marker is in Oroville, California, in Butte County. Marker can be reached from Glenn Drive south of Meadowview Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Glenn Drive, Oroville CA 95966, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Mother Orange Tree of Butte County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 15, 2012
2. Mother Orange Tree of Butte County Marker
The Mother Orange Tree is in the background.
are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northern California's Oldest Citrus Tree (here, next to this marker); The Last Yahi Indian (approx. 0.9 miles away); Braselton Home Site (approx. 1.9 miles away); Oroville Dam (approx. 2.2 miles away); Long's Bar (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of the First Flour Mill (approx. 2.5 miles away); Site of 1st Sawmill (approx. 2.6 miles away); Oroville Masonic Temple (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oroville.
 
Also see . . .  Mother Orange Tree - Wikipedia. Originally planted in Bidwell's Bar near the Bidwell Bar Bridge, the tree is a Mediterranean sweet orange Citrus × sinensis cultivar." (Submitted on December 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
The Mother Orange Tree of Butte County image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 15, 2012
3. The Mother Orange Tree of Butte County
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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