The Far North Sights

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

  • 525 The Esplanade Map It
  • Chico
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 11/12/2015

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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.

Sight Information


525 The Esplanade, at Memorial Way, Chico, California, 95926, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $6
  • Sat.–Mon. 11–5; last tour at 4
  • Closed Tues.–Fri.

Published 11/12/2015


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