Bidwell Mansion: A History of Narrow Escapes

Would you like to know more about the history of Bidwell Mansion?  David Nopel and David Veith have written a wonderful article about the changing fortunes of this icon of Chico history in the Chico News & Review. Check it out.

Bidwell Mansion circa 1870. Photo courtesy of Special Collections, Meriam Library, CSUChico.

The Mansion has been saved before from decline and destruction. We can do it again.

The article includes a never-before-published photo of the Mansion under construction. The photo, which is in private hands, shows a corner of Bidwell’s old two-story adobe next to the Mansion, which has scaffolding around it. I’d post the photo here, but I don’t know if I’m allowed to do that.

Go take a look at the article, if you haven’t seen it already. It will make you grateful for those who preserved a central part of Chico’s heritage for us. I hope it will also make you want to add to the effort to save the Mansion again.

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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