Chico in Butte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Historic Home of Annie and John Bidwell
A House With a Style
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 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
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.
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. Touch for map. Marker is located near the entrance to the Visitors Center at Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 525 Esplanade, Chico CA 95926, United States of America.
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 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 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,635 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 11. submitted on April 12, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 12. submitted on April 21, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 13. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.