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Chico in Butte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Historic Home of Annie and John Bidwell

A House With a Style

 
 
The Historic Home of Annie and John Bidwell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
1. The Historic Home of Annie and John Bidwell Marker
Inscription.  Completed in 1868, the home featured many surprisingly modern conveniences including running water, flush toilets, an acetylene gas lighting system, eight fireplaces, and wall-to-wall carpeting. The pink stucco mansion was designed by San Francisco based architect Henry Cleveland.

The small brick building behind the mansion was built for Cleveland when he began planning the mansion. It served as a home away from home and as an office to conduct the business of building such a grand mansion in the middle of a farming town.

Attached to the architect’s house is a carriage house, a modern structure built on the footprint of the original. It is now used to house original carriages used by the Bidwells. Just behind the carriage house are the original steps that were constructed for Annie Bidwell, allowing the petite woman to board carriages and ride horses.

1887 ̶ Bidwell donates his cherry orchard on Big Chico Creek to the Chico Normal School (now California State University, Chico).

1892 ̶ At the age of 72, John Bidwell runs for U.S. President.

1900 ̶ While working
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on his ranch, John Bidwell experiences intense chest pains. He dies later that day, with Annie by his side.

1905 ̶ Honoring her beloved’s wishes, Annie Bidwell donates 2,400 acres of creek-side property to the city, later named Bidwell Park.

1918 ̶ Annie Bidwell dies, leaving the mansion to the Presbyterian Church.

1923 ̶ The Presbyterian Church sells the mansion, which is then used as college dorms and classrooms.

1964 ̶ Bidwell’s home becomes a state historic park.
 
Erected 2008 by California State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureChurches & ReligionEducationParks & Recreational AreasWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
 
Location. 39° 43.964′ N, 121° 50.608′ W. Marker is in Chico, California, in Butte County. Marker can be reached from Esplanade near Memorial Way. Marker is located near the entrance to the Visitors Center at Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 525 Esplanade, Chico CA 95926, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Life and Times of John Bidwell (here, next to this marker); Rancho Del Arroyo Chico (within
The Historic Home of Annie and John Bidwell and Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
2. The Historic Home of Annie and John Bidwell and Markers
These two markers are located in front of the Bidwell Mansion. The Life and Times of John Bidwell marker is on the left. This marker is on the right.
shouting distance of this marker); Chico World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); General John and Annie K. Bidwell Gravesite (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chico Cemetery G.A.R. Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); United States Submarine Crews Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Chico Forestry Station and Nursery (approx. 2 miles away); Chico Elks Lodge No. 423 Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chico.
 
Also see . . .  Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park is a beautiful, three story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell. (Submitted on April 10, 2010.) 
 
John Bidwell image. Click for full size.
3. John Bidwell
Photo displayed on marker.
Annie and John Bidwell image. Click for full size.
4. Annie and John Bidwell
Photo displayed on marker.
Side View of the Mansion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
5. Side View of the Mansion
Entrance Doors image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
6. Entrance Doors
Architectural Detail - Support Posts on Porch image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
7. Architectural Detail - Support Posts on Porch
The "Home Away From Home" of Architect Henry Cleveland image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
8. The "Home Away From Home" of Architect Henry Cleveland
The attached carriage house is seen at the rear of this small brick building.
The Carriage House and Henry Cleveland Residence image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
9. The Carriage House and Henry Cleveland Residence
The carriage house section is a modern structure built on the footprint of the original carriage house. The plaque seen in photo #9 is mounted on the ground at the base of the far right double doors.
Bidwell Carriage Shed image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
10. Bidwell Carriage Shed
Reconstruction Made Possible by
California Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Bidwell Mansion Association
Timothy Simonds - Contractor
Las Senoras
Native Daughters of the Golden West
Annie K. Bidwell Parlor 168
Chico Heritage Association
Robert Heaton - Architect
Dedicated April 22, 1989
Southern View of the Bidwell Mansion image. Click for full size.
H.S. Crocker Co.,Inc.-S.F., Ca, Published by Eastman's Studio, Susanville, Ca.
11. Southern View of the Bidwell Mansion
Postcard discription:
The Historic Bidwell Mansion
Chico, California
The Old Bidwell Home - Chico, Calif. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Vintage Postcard, circa 1916
12. The Old Bidwell Home - Chico, Calif.
The Bidwell Mansion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2010
13. The Bidwell Mansion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,104 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   11. submitted on April 12, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   12. submitted on April 21, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   13. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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