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Beckworth Trail – Berry Creek Marker image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, November 15, 2012
Beckworth Trail – Berry Creek Marker
California (Butte County), Berry Creek — B047 — Beckworth Trail – Berry Creek
“We left here at half past four intending to go as far as Bidwell Bar. We passed on a bridge which crosses a pond made by damming a stream for the purpose of running (a) sawmill which is situated here” – James Woodworth, Aug. 19, . . . — Map (db m61682) HM
California (Butte County), Berry Creek — Lake Madrone Cemetery
The Berry Creek Cemetery, sometimes referred to as the Lake Madrone Cemetery by local residents, served as a community graveyard for many years. The earliest known date of death for a person interred here is 1875. The cemetery fell into disrepair in . . . — Map (db m61683) HM
California (Butte County), Centerville — Centerville Cemetery
Main Marker: Burials here date back to the early 1860’s but it was 1900 before the first cemetery association purchased the land from Theodore Willrich and started keeping records. In 1958 a few residents re-formed the organization which . . . — Map (db m29709) HM
California (Butte County), Centerville — Centerville School
Erected in 1894 by C.H. Hintz this building was used continuously for school purposes until 1966 when due to unification, pupils were bussed into Chico. The first teacher was Miss Ada Woods. Cost of building was $600.Purchased by Centerville . . . — Map (db m29692) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — Chico Cemetery G.A.R. Monument
[Front (South-Side) of Monument] Erected by Halleck Post No. 19 G.A.R. & W.R.C. In Memory of Our Comrades 1861 – 1865 [Left (West-Side)] In Honor of The Brave Men Who From the First Bore a . . . — Map (db m29659) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — Chico Elks Lodge No. 423 Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the Members of Chico Elks Lodge No. 423 Who served in the Armed Forces Of the United States of America — Map (db m29734) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — 840-2 — Chico Forestry Station and Nursery
In 1888, the State Board of Forestry established an experimental forestry station and nursery, a companion to the Santa Monica Station established in 1887. The two were the first such stations in the nation. Exotic and native trees were tested and . . . — Map (db m100602) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — Chico World War I Memorial
In Memory of Our Honored Dead of The World War 1917 – 1918 William H. Aitken • Wyatt L. Arbuckle • Edwin W. Boggs • Russell C. Doyle • Harry A. Elliott • Elbert P. Esmond • Edward N. Fairo • Nelson Coe • Aaron S. Harris • . . . — Map (db m29758) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — General John and Annie K. Bidwell Gravesite
This marks the location of General John and Annie K. Bidwell’s Gravesite Founders and Benefactors of Chico — Map (db m29745) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — Gianella Bridge
Built cooperatively by Butte and Glenn Counties, 1908-1911. Designed by John B. Leonard (1864-1945), civil engineer, San Francisco. Built by Cotton Bros. and Co. Oakland. Recorded for the Historic American Engineering Record, 1984. Replaced and . . . — Map (db m62233) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — Honey Run Covered Bridge / Gold Dredge
Honey Run Bridge Erected 1894 By George Miller Gold Dredge The first bucket line gold dredge to operate below the covered bridge used this tumbler – 1898. — Map (db m29682) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — 313 — Hooker Oak
The massive and majestic Hooker Oak, which occupied this site, was named in honor of renowned British Botanist Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. The Hooker Oak was acclaimed to be the largest Valley Oak in the world before it fell on May 1, 1977. Age . . . — Map (db m100595) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — 329 — Rancho Del Arroyo Chico
A vast expanse covering 26,000 acres, Rancho Chico was purchased in 1849-50 by John Bidwell. In 1865 he began construction of the mansion nearby, which in time became the social and cultural center of the upper Sacramento Valley. It was through his . . . — Map (db m108748) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — The Historic Home of Annie and John BidwellA House With a Style
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 . . . — Map (db m29644) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — The Life and Times of John BidwellAn Amazing Life and Legacy
John Bidwell was born on the east coast to a poor farming family in 1819. In spite of these modest roots, he would eventually become a key figure in California history, one famous for being a true pioneer, a statesman, politician, prohibitionist, . . . — Map (db m29637) HM
California (Butte County), Chico — United States Submarine Crews Memorial
To the United States 52 Submarines and And Their Gallant Crews Who Sacrificed Their Lives In World War II “Lest We Forget These Boats on Eternal Patrol” Sealion • S · 36 • S · 26 • Shark • Perch • S · 27 . . . — Map (db m29738) HM
California (Butte County), Concow — Yankee HillEst. 1856
This is the area of the original historic site of Old Yankee Hill. It was first founded as a gold mining town, having in later years a hotel, general store, Wells Fargo post office, saloon and a winery. Yankee Hill was purchased by the Smiths in . . . — Map (db m61827) HM
California (Butte County), Durham — Samuel Neal1816 – 1859
Born in Bucks County Pennsylvania, Neal a blacksmith by trade came to California with John Fremont’s second expedition in 1844. After working for John Sutter briefly at New Helvetia, obtained a land grant and established Rancho Esquon. After . . . — Map (db m61826) HM
California (Butte County), Durham — W.W. Durham House1874
Has been place on the National Register of Historic Places — Map (db m61824) HM
California (Butte County), Forbestown — Black Bart, the PO8
attacked La Port (sic) – Oroville stage here, July 13, 1888. Frank N. Morse, driver, was repulsed by George Hackett, armed messenger for Wells Fargo Express. Twenty eight stage hold-ups in California 1875-1883 are credited to Black Bart, lone . . . — Map (db m65879) HM
California (Butte County), Forbestown — Forbestown Lodge No. 50 F.& A.M
St. Louis No. 86, Polar Star No. 90 Jefferson No. 97, Gibsonville No. 151 consolidate with Forbestown Lodge No. 50 F.& A.M. chartered May 3, 1854 The slab below relic of St. Louis Lodges, St. Louis, Sierra County, California . . . — Map (db m61684) HM
California (Butte County), Forest Ranch — 14 Mile House
In June, 1864, the Chico and Humboldt Wagon Road Company began to construct a road to connect Chico with the Idaho mines. A toll station for the Chico and Humboldt Wagon Road stood nearby to the left. A Georgian, Nick Spires, is said to have . . . — Map (db m61766) HM
California (Butte County), Forest Ranch — Katie Thompson – Mattie Thompson – Josie CampbellECV Preserving California History
On this site the remains of Katie Thompson, Mattie Thompson, and Josie Campbell were laid to rest. The children, were the grandchildren of Joseph Campbell, and all died of Scarlett Fever in 1877. Joseph Campbell was a prominent pioneer in this area . . . — Map (db m61767) HM
California (Butte County), Magalia — “Magalia Depot & Butte County Railroad”
In 1902, Diamond Match Co., established the Butte Co. Railroad. The So PAC tracks ran between Chico, Durham, and Stirling City. Regular train service between Chico and Magalia began Nov. 2, 1903. Magalia depot was completed soon thereafter. April 8, . . . — Map (db m61223) HM
California (Butte County), Magalia — Dogtown
This site was first settled in 1850. It was named Dogtown for the dogs raised and sold to the miners by a woman named Bassett. — Map (db m66119) HM
California (Butte County), Magalia — LovelockSquare-Nail Town Smith
Named for George Lovelock, born in Wales in 1824, emigrated to California in 1850. George Lovelock settled in Butte County in 1851 and began a successful business in Butte Creek Canyon before moving not far from this present site to establish a . . . — Map (db m61685) HM
California (Butte County), Magalia — Magalia Community Church / The Magalia Schoolhouse Bell
[ Upper Marker ] This property Magalia Community Church Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior [ Lower Marker ] The Magalia . . . — Map (db m29609) HM
California (Butte County), Magalia — 771 — The Dogtown Nugget
This marker symbolizes the discovery of the first large gold nugget in California. It was found across this canyon in Willard Gulch April 12, 1859. Weight 54 pounds. — Map (db m29663) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — 1879 Site of Messilla Valley School
The Oregon School District was formed in 1856 and the schoolhouse stood near Dry Creek behind the old Pence Hotel. In 1872 the schoolhouse was relocated and rebuilt behind the existing corrals south of present day Durhan-Pentz Road. Following the . . . — Map (db m65869) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Autumn Harvest
For centuries, acorns have been a major food source for many California Indian groups. Nutritious and easy to store, processed acorns could be served as soup, mixed with fruit or meat, or baked into a cake. 1. In autumn, Indian people filled . . . — Map (db m61559) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Bidwell Bar Bridge and Tollhouse
Originally constructed on a site one and a half miles northeast of this location in 1856 Rededicated on July 30, 1977 on this Kelly Ridge site to avoid inundation by the waters of Oroville Reservoir State of California - Edmund G. . . . — Map (db m61597) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — 330 — Bidwell's Bar1853 – 1856
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 . . . — Map (db m100598) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Braselton Home Site
In memory of James D. Braselton his wife Anna C. Braselton and their family The erection of this historical monument marking the site of their home here at Garden Ranch built in 1887 and the Braselton Room in the Oroville . . . — Map (db m69789) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Butte County Court House at Oroville
1956 marks 1st centennial of Butte County Court House at Oroville 3rd county seat of Butte County — Map (db m61557) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Butte County Courthouse Bricks
These bricks are from the first Butte County Courthouse erected at this site, in Oroville, in 1856. — Map (db m65845) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Cherokee
Led from Indian Territory by their New England schoolmaster, a band of young Cherokee Argonauts discovered gold here 1850. Town established 1853 when first stores erected by Welsh miners. During heyday of 1875, Cherokee boasted its own theatre, race . . . — Map (db m234) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — 770 — Chinese Temple
Dedicated in the spring of 1863, this building served as a temple of worship for 10,000 Chinese then living here. Funds for its erection and furnishings were provided by the Emperor and Empress of China and local Chinese labor built the structure. . . . — Map (db m100599) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Completion of 4th Railorad in CaliforniaMiddletown
To Commemorate completion of 4th Railorad in California – Marysville to Oroville, by California Northern Railroad, later the Southern Pacific Co. 1st passenger train February 9 – 1864. Also marks site of Middletown 1854 – 1856. — Map (db m65878) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — County Community Well
1856 Renovated Oroville Rotary 1980 (Seal of the American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976) — Map (db m65844) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Deputy Sheriff Randal Eugene Jennings
It is not how this officer died that makes him a hero, it is how he lived. Deputy Sheriff Randal Eugene Jennings Badge No. 80 Butte County Sheriff’s Office On May 21, 1997 Deputy Randy Jennings became the first Butte County Sheriff’s . . . — Map (db m65841) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Edison Building
Edison Ore Mining & Miocene Mining Co. Oct. 1879 to May 1881 by Major Frank McLaughlin searched for platinum to use in Edison’s electric light globe. Used a process to remove gold from black sands found in mine tailings. Miocene Mining Co. . . . — Map (db m61556) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — First Banking Institution in Ophir
This tablet commemorates the establishment of the First Banking Institution in Ophir now Oroville which was located on this site and occupied by McWilliams & Tymeson - G.A. Emery - Geo. Faulkner & Co. 1855-1865 . . . — Map (db m25694) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — First Liberty Pole In The West
. . . — Map (db m65908) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — First Pharmacy
Randall & McDermott 1855 B.S.A. Troop 29 (Seal of the American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976) — Map (db m65909) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Jewish Cemetery
Thousands of Jewish emigrants escaping religious persecution and economic oppression in Germany and Eastern Europe joined the Gold Rush to California. They brought with them a strong work ethic and religious conviction. These settlers were . . . — Map (db m61497) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Liberty Pole
In 1767, when our yet to be united nation felt the stirrings of revolution, freedom-loving colonists carved and erected the first “Liberty Pole”. It served as a rallying point for those who opposed the British imposed Stamp Act. . . . — Map (db m65843) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — BUT-012 — Long's Bar
Site of Gold Rush settlements Long’s Bar, Adamstown, White Rock, and nearby Banner Mine. Sam Neal discovered gold here in 1848. First Christian and Masonic observances in Butte County held here 1849. First county ferry franchise, 1850. — Map (db m69790) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Morris Ravine School
The one room school built here in 1863 survived mining booms and busts, world wars and a great depression only to have social changes close its doors forever in 1949. It is with sincere gratitude that we donate this marker for opportunities provided . . . — Map (db m61705) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — CHL 1043 — Mother Orange Tree of Butte County
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 . . . — Map (db m61600) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — 1043 — Northern California's Oldest Citrus TreeSweet Mother Orange and Her Seeds
Imported from Mazatlan, Mexico, the Mother Orange Tree was purchased on the streets of Sacramento when it was only a 2 to 3 year-old seedling in a tub. She was planted in 1856 and quickly grew into a California legend. The leafy greens of her robust . . . — Map (db m62787) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — 807 — Oregon City
Entering California over the Applegate and Lassen trails, a party of Oregonians, captained by Peter H. Burnett, arrived here in autumn of 1848 to establish the town of Oregon City. Burnett, little more than a year later, became the first civil . . . — Map (db m100600) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Oregon City Cemetery
In 1864 the Strang family moved to Oregon City. The institution date of the Oregon City Cemetery is unknown, the oldest grave is believed to be August 16, 1878. William H. Strang granted to the inhabitants of Oregon City and vicinity this piece of . . . — Map (db m61706) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Oroville Carnegie LibraryBuilt 1912
has been placed on National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior In 1911, Andrew Carnegie, Scottish industrialist, businessman, and major philanthropist, endowed upon City of Oroville $10,000 for . . . — Map (db m17229) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Butte 13 — Oroville Cemetery
Established in 1857 to replace the cemetery which served the original gold camp of Ophir City, remains from that graveyard were removed when the area now known as Hewitt Claim Park was mined thus forcing the relocation of the cemetery. This burial . . . — Map (db m61495) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Oroville Chinese Cemetery1850 -1944
This cemetery was established in 1850 during the Gold Rush days to serve the Chinese communities of Lava Beds, Bagdad, Bidwell Bar and Ophir City (now Oroville). The last burial here was in 1944. — Map (db m61494) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Oroville Dam
In deep appreciation of those who had the foresight to plan, design, and construct the Oroville Dam Project and to those who have been operating and maintaining it for the State Water Project and the people of California. Since its inception, . . . — Map (db m101447) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Oroville Masonic Temple
SESQUICENTENNIAL TESTAMENT On the 8th day of May In the year 2006 AL 6006 Oroville Lodge No. 103 F.&A.M. In the State of California Did celebrate 150 years In Oroville, California Dispensation: April 4, 1856 Chartered: May 8, . . . — Map (db m17781) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Oroville Municipal Airport
The City of Oroville built the Oroville Municipal Airport in 1933 and it proudly served as a WW II Training Base Mural circa 1942 Dedicated 1996 — Map (db m61601) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Oroville State Theatre
Oroville State Theatre has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United State Department of the Interior Built 1928 — Map (db m61555) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Pioneer Cemetery
A memorial to those whose burial places in Bidwell Bar Cemetery Enterprise Cemetery And six family plots were moved to make way for the rising waters of Oroville Reservoir — Map (db m69793) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Pioneer Miners Of Thompson Flat District
In Veneration of the Early Day Pioneer Miners Of Thompson Flat District This historical monument and area marks their burial site dating from 1849 to about 1880. Names unknown. Dedicated November 12, 1972 by The Cemetery Board of . . . — Map (db m69791) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Site of 1st Sawmill
"Site of 1st Sawmill Erected by Argonaut Parlor No. 8 Native Sons and Gold of Ophir Parlor No. 190 Native Daughters, commemorating the Bicentennial Year 1776 – 1976” — Map (db m61558) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Site of Boehme & Heep Saloon
Built 1855 Restored 1976 by Aerie No. 196 – Fraternal Order of Eagles, Oroville (Seal of the American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976) — Map (db m65907) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Site of First Oroville Bank
McWilliams & Tymeson 1855 Wells Fargo & Company Express Agents First Brick Bldg in Oroville Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 196 (Seal of the American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976) — Map (db m65906) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — Site of the First Flour Mill
“Site of first flour mill in Ophir City now Oroville, built in 1858. Erected and dedicated by Argonaut Parlor No. 8 Native Sons and Gold of Ophir Parlor No. 190 Native Daughters as part of the Bicentennial Year Celebration 1776 – . . . — Map (db m65842) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — The American
Site of First Theater in Oroville The American (Seal of the American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976) — Map (db m65838) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — 809 — The Last Yahi Indian
For thousands of years the Yahi Indians roamed the foothills between Mt. Lassen and the Sacramento Valley. Settlement of this region by the white man brought death to the Yahi by gun, by disease, and by hunger. By the turn of the century only a few . . . — Map (db m100601) HM
California (Butte County), Oroville — 314 — The Mother Orange Tree of Butte CountyBidwell Bar Bridge
To commemorate The Mother Orange Tree of Butte County planted at this spot by Judge Joseph Lewis in 1856 The Bidwell Bar Bridge First suspension bridge of California Transported from New York via Cape Horn 1853. Completed . . . — Map (db m100596) HM
California (Butte County), Paradise — Nelson Bar
Mining settlement named for Benjamin Nelson who discovered gold here in 1850. Town was on both sides of W. Branch of N. Fork of Feather River. — Map (db m61686) HM
California (Butte County), Paradise — Old Paradise
On these 4 corners was the Old Town of Paradise, known in the 1860’s as Leonard’s Mill. Just north was the mill, hotel and stage stop. To the N.E. was a turpentine distillery. To the east was the school. The Paradise post office was established and . . . — Map (db m66140) HM
California (Butte County), Paradise — Butte 011 — Old Paradise Depot
Constructed in 1903, this depot is one of three maintained along the Butte County Railroad, a 31 mile line from Chico to Stirling City, completed by Diamond Match Co. in 1904. The railroad was later acquired by Southern Pacific and operated as a . . . — Map (db m29671) HM
California (Butte County), Paradise — Paradise Pioneers
There are four sides to this marker, a plaque on each side. Side 2 1852 – 1886 Eugene F. Kunkle • Durville Bequette • Charles Deleplain • Hinrich Buschmann • John Wake • Benjamin F. Butler • William Leonard • Willaim Dresser • . . . — Map (db m66139) HM
California (Butte County), Paradise — Paradise Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to those Who made the Ultimate Sacrifice Arguello, Robert • Collins, Clarence, Cpl • Casey, Liam Soueph, Pfc • Clewett, Kenneth, Cpt • Darting, Leslie • Hill, Dale Evan, Pfc • Collins, Clarence H. • Knox, Merrill Irven, Cpl • . . . — Map (db m66137) WM
California (Butte County), Paradise — PFC. Steven J. Walberg-Riotto
In Memory Of PFC. Steven J. Walberg-Riotto August 19, 1988 0 April 14, 2007 Operation Iraqi Freedom — Map (db m66136) WM
California (Butte County), Paradise — Town of Paradise Memorial TrailwaySPRR Milepost 198.2 – Site of the Paradise Rail Yard
The rail yard housed the depot, a water tank, a stockyard, as well as a siding and spur. A motorcar house was located further up the track. The depot was retired on January 19, 1960. The coming of the railroad was the major event that sparked . . . — Map (db m29674) HM
California (Butte County), Stirling City — Inskip HotelElev. 4808’
Editor's Note: All the "E's" on this marker are backwards The historic inn, first built in 1857 by Pat Kelley sold to John Stokes in 1866. Destroyed by fire in 1868. Rebuilt in 1868, is the only remaining one of five hotels which . . . — Map (db m61765) HM
California (Butte County), Stirling City — Stirling City
This peaceful community, gateway to the remote regions of the High Lakes of Butte and Plumas Counties, owes its origin and subsequent development to the entrance of the Diamond Match Company to California. With the purchase of about 40,000 acres of . . . — Map (db m61764) HM
California (Butte County), Thermalito — Hamilton1851 – 1853
Erected by Argonaut Parlor No. 8 Native Sons of the Golden West and Butte County Board of Supervisors to designate the site of the first county seat of Butte County. Hamilton 1851 – 1853 Site of Court House was 600 yds. . . . — Map (db m95740) HM

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