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Bidwell Mansion

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Address: 525 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-3901
Phone Number: +1 530-895-6144
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Beautiful mansion with Gold Rush roots

John Bidwell was a gold rush king. He made his fortune, went to Washington DC to serve and ran for President of the US. He met his bride Annie and took her back to Chico to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

John Bidwell was a gold rush king. He made his fortune, went to Washington DC to serve and ran for President of the US. He met his bride Annie and took her back to Chico to live. Bidwell laid out the plans for the city of Chico. He moved a San Francisco architect to his land in order to supervise... More 

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Willoughby Hills, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is not just a house tour -- between the exhibit area and the house tour itself, you will learn quite a bit about the history of the greater Chico area itself, as well as Mr. Bidwell and his business enterprises. You will pay for the tour at the visitors' center and meet your guide there. Tours start on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Took the tour. Great California history. The tour guide was the best that we have had. Very detailed. She answered all the questions.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

visitors center is extremely informative, a mini "museum" itself. staff is excellent & very nice!!!! gift store inside as well. My teenagers loved the tour!

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Another enchanting visit to the Bidwell Mansion and grounds! Cake & ice cream accompanied by orchestra music of the period! A perfect Chico day for this event! Re-enactments by local actors brought the mansion alive with talk of the times. A peak into John & Annie's life is always a treat.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Great photo shooting for any seasons. Love the historic places and scene. Great for picnic and hang out. Love to visit it every time we passed by. Spooky but fun. Try going during Halloween..its even better design and decor.

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Concord, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We took the docent led tour. The tour guide was very educated about the history and answered all our questions.

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Chico, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is always a great place to take kids. Went with my son's class. The picture of Bidwell follows when you walk. Very educational.

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Oroville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

The Bidwells were interesting leaders and pioneers in the Northern Sacramento area. The tour is very informative.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Lots of serials to learn about this amazing home. Sits right on Chico campus and should not be missed if you are trying to get the "Chico vibe" worth a stop just to see the 200+ variety of trees

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