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

Bidwell's Bar

1853 – 1856

 
 
Bidwell Bar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 15, 2012
1. Bidwell Bar Marker
Inscription.
Erected by
Argonaut Parlor No. 8.
Native Sons of the Golden West
and
Butte County Board of Supervisors
To designate the site of the second
county seat of Butte County
Bidwell's Bar
1853 – 1856
Site of the Court House was 120 yds. west
of this point. Marked by small monument.

(Second, smaller marker placed below)

Original site of this monument one mile north-east, rededicated June 6, 1981 by Argonaut Parlor No. 8 Native Sons of the Golden West
 
Erected 1918 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Agronaut Parlor No. 8. (Marker Number 330.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.255′ N, 121° 27.29′ W. Marker is in Oroville, California, in Butte County. Marker is on Bidwell Canyon Road. Touch for map. This marker is located in the parking lot of the Bidwell Bar Boat Launch at the end of Bidwell Canyon Road. Marker is in this post office area: Oroville CA 95966, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mother Orange Tree of Butte County (here, next to this marker); Bidwell Bar Bridge and Tollhouse
Bidwell Bar Bridge Toll House in background. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 15, 2012
2. Bidwell Bar Bridge Toll House in background.
(a few steps from this marker); Autumn Harvest (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oroville Dam (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Mother Orange Tree of Butte County (approx. 3.2 miles away); Northern California's Oldest Citrus Tree (approx. 3.2 miles away); Long's Bar (approx. 3.7 miles away); Morris Ravine School (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oroville.
 
More about this marker. This marker has been relocated from its original placement at Bidwell Bar which has been inundated by Lake Oroville.

Although dated 1917, the Grizzly Bear magazine indicates that the monument was erected, at best, in December of that year. Page 5 of the December 1917 edition only mentions that the correct dates had been determined. Completion was not recorded until March 1918 (p5) and the June 1918 edition (p17) records the dedication date as May 5, 1918.
 
Also see . . .  History of Bidwell - Bidwell The Town. In 1848, John Bidwell discovered gold at a site on the Middle Fork of
Site of Bidwell Bar image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 15, 2012
3. Site of Bidwell Bar
the Feather RIver that became known as Bidwell's Bar. When word reached the eastern United States and the world that gold had been discovered in California, this location in northern California became one of the primary destinations for the gold seekers.
(Submitted on December 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Article About Dedication image. Click for full size.
By James King
4. Article About Dedication
Grizzly Bear, June 1918, p17
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 72 times this year. Last updated on December 22, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on July 12, 2016, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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