Monthly Archives: December 2017

Bidwellville, Anyone?

Not long ago a friend of mine asked me why John Bidwell did not name the town he founded after himself. He could name it anything he wanted. Why Chico? Why not Bidwellville, or Bidwellton, or Bidwell City? It used … Continue reading

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A Visit to Stansbury House

The last field trip for my OLLI Historic Homes group last Thursday was to my favorite Victorian home, Stansbury House in Chico. I love Bidwell Mansion too, but it’s too grand for me to actually imagine living there. But I … Continue reading

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The Rush Is On!

On December 5, 1848, President James K. Polk ignited the California Gold Rush in his State of the Union address to Congress. Gold was discovered by James Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in January 1848, but John Sutter did the best … Continue reading

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Shameless Book Promotion

There are lots of opportunities this holiday season to promote my new book, Nancy Kelsey Comes over the Mountain. Dan Barnett reviewed it in the Chico Enterprise-Record yesterday, Sunday December 3rd.  Here is what he says: This captivating book keeps … Continue reading

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