The Historic Home of Annie and John Bidwell

The Historic Home of Annie and John Bidwell (HMJRF)

Location: Chico, CA 95926 Butte County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 43.964', W 121° 50.608'

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A 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 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 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.
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HM NumberHMJRF
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Year Placed2008
Placed ByCalifornia State Parks
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 9:13am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 599106 N 4398733
Decimal Degrees39.73273333, -121.84346667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 43.964', W 121° 50.608'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 43' 57.84" N, 121° 50' 36.48" W
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Area Code(s)530, 916
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 525 Esplanade, Chico CA 95926, US
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