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Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

Bidwell Mansion: an example of Italianate architecture

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park Review

Built between 1865 and 1868 by General John Bidwell, the founder of Chico, this mansion was designed by Henry W. Cleaveland, a San Francisco architect. Bidwell and his wife welcomed many distinguished guests to their distinctive pink Italianate home, including President Rutherford B. Hayes, naturalist John Muir, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, and General William T. Sherman. A one-hour tour takes you through most of the mansion's 26 rooms. Credit cards are not accepted.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 525 The Esplanade, at Memorial Way, Chico, CA, 95926 | Map It
  • Phone: 530/895–6144
  • Cost: $6
  • Hours: Mon. noon–5, weekends 11–5; last tour at 4
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  • Location: Chico
Updated: 04-29-2014

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