Monthly Archives: May 2012

On the Trail Again

Last year I followed the Bidwell-Bartleson Party day by day as they crossed the continent from Missouri to California. If you are interested in their journey, check my past blog entries for May through November 2011.  John Bidwell kept a … Continue reading

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“Old Hutch” on Politicians

For anyone interested in the history of Chico State, When Chico Stole the College, by “Old Hutch” (W.H. Hutchinson), is a fun and very short introduction.  I read it when I was researching Bidwell and the formation of Chico Normal … Continue reading

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How the College Came to Chico

After several years of petitioning by citizens in northern California, the state legislature authorized a branch of the State Normal School to be built somewhere north of Marysville. As soon as they did so, every city, town and hamlet in … Continue reading

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