#0329 Rancho Chico and Bidwell Adobe


#0329 Rancho Chico and Bidwell Adobe

Site information:

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, 525 The Esplanade, Chico

39.732534, -121.843710

Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

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 advancement of agriculture, however, that Bidwell made his greatest contribution. The introduction here of plants from all over the world opened the door to California’s present agricultural treasure house.

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Historical Groups of Butte County. May 7, 1966

Registered 8/8/1939