Monthly Archives: April 2016

May Garden Journal

May Mon 2:  Transplanted Cabage Sowed Onion Seed rain storm     slight Shower Tues 3:  Made Beds    drived home Mr. Bidwell Sowed Onion Seed Sowed Buck Wheat Weed peas.  passed  Stage passed up The note “drived home Mr. Bidwell” is an … Continue reading

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Esplanades and Boulevards

Paris! Barcelona! New York City! Chico!  Chico? What puts Chico in the same class as these world-renowned cities? It is Chico’s own Esplanade, a boulevard noted for its beauty and charm. In The Boulevard Book, authors Allan B. Jacobs, Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Book News

John and Annie Bidwell: The Long and the Short of It is now available at Costco! If you are a Costco customer, it’s a good place to pick up my book. Otherwise, I still recommend that you buy it from … Continue reading

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Chico’s Esplanade

I was glad to see this article in today’s Chico Enterprise-Record about the historic significance of the Esplanade. Amy Huberland, an archeologist and the assistant coordinator for the Northeast Information Center at Chico State, is calling attention to the need … Continue reading

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Garden Journal continued

1853     Garden Journal   Rio Chico [April] Mon 25:  Sowed Onion Seed Tues 26:  Sowed Onion Seed Planted Corn Wen 27:  Manured the Garden Weed Onions Thurs 28:  Frequent showers Plowed and harrowed Sowed Onion seed Transplanted Beets Frid 29:  Rain … Continue reading

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McIlhany, Mules, Major Bidwell, and Murder

Business was good for Edward McIlhany in 1851, with a store in Onion Valley and a ranch near Marysville where he could rest and feed his mules, and assemble pack-trains to carry goods to the miners in Onion Valley. But … Continue reading

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More Mule-Packing Marvels

In another story in Recollections of a ’49er ( 2006, edited by Scott Lawson), Ed McIlhany (who was not the modest or retiring type) tells another tale of derring-do on the trail: The winter was nearly over and I got … Continue reading

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