Monthly Archives: May 2016

And They’re Off!

On May 19th the Bidwell-Bartleson Party started for California. John Bidwell, as secretary of the group, kept a journal. Later, while at Bodega Bay, he tidied up his journal entries and sent them back to a friend in Missouri, who … Continue reading

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The Journey Begins

From A Journey to California, 1841, by John Bidwell: May, Tuesday 18th 1841. Having waited at this place (2 miles W. of Kanzas river) 2 days, and all the Company being arrived, except those heretofore mentioned, the Company was convened … Continue reading

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A Chico History Weekend

This has been a weekend full of Chico history events. Saturday morning I gave a talk at the Chico Museum on “Early Days at Rancho Chico,” all about John Bidwell’s activities during the 1850s. I crammed as much history as … Continue reading

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Wagons West

The Chico Enterprise-Record today published a full-page color feature marking the 175th anniversary of the “first organized wagon train that left Missouri for California.” I can’t find it on the E-R webpage, but you can find it at the Orange … Continue reading

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Ghost Town

I love reading old books about California history, tales of “The days of old, the days of old, the days of ’49.” And here is just such a book. Ghost Town, by G. Ezra Dane, is a collection of incidents, … Continue reading

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Join Me at the Chico Museum

What was happening at Rancho Chico in the early 1850s? Who was here and what were they doing? Find out when I interview Major John Bidwell at the Chico Museum on Saturday, May 14th. Enjoy the program at 10 a.m. … Continue reading

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May Garden Journal continued

1853          Rio Chico May 6:   Planted Watermelons and Cantaloupes May 11:  Hoed Sweet Corn Planted Lima Beans Irishmen dug Ditch Heavy Shower this evening Sowed a few Marrowfat Peas Rained all night May 12: Rained hard this forenoon Sund[ay] 15: … Continue reading

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