Monthly Archives: August 2019

A Visit to the Haggin Museum

I travel quite often from our home in Chico to our son’s home in Livermore (because that’s where the grandchildren are). Traveling down I-5 we pass through Stockton. I have never had any reason to stop in Stockton, until I … Continue reading

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A Quick Visit to Rough and Ready

If you drive along Highway 20 from Marysville to Grass Valley, you see a sign that points left and says “Rough and Ready 2 miles”. I have meant to take that turn for a long time now, and last Friday … Continue reading

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August 27, 1847

John Sutter needed lumber. He was always building — on his fort, around the fort, up at his farm. He also planned to sell lumber to the settlers who were coming into California¬† in increasing numbers. He needed a sawmill. … Continue reading

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The Grass Valley Museum

I don’t think I have to tell California readers that Grass Valley is a beautiful place to visit. Gold Rush history, the homes of Lola Montez and Lotta Crabtree, the historic Holbrooke Hotel, a handsome and well-preserved downtown, a grand … Continue reading

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A Quest for a Grotto

Our trip today to Grass Valley was not only a fun day trip to an historic California town, it was also a quest to find where this picture was taken. This postcard-size photo shows a class of girls at a … Continue reading

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Historic Quilts at Bidwell Mansion

A beautiful quilt show is coming to Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park on September 7th, 8th, and 9th. Annie’s Star Quilt Guild will be sharing historic quilts and reproduction quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Quilts will be displayed … Continue reading

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“His First Dollar”

See what your teenager thinks of this– John Bidwell received a letter from S.S. Boynton, editor and publisher of the Oroville Register in 1884, asking him “how he earned his first dollar by work when a boy.” Boynton was writing … Continue reading

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Bidwell Meets Grant

Even more than President Lincoln, John Bidwell wanted to meet General Ulysses S. Grant. It took some wrangling to get a pass from Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War, but Bidwell got it, and then he hurried off to meet … Continue reading

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Lincoln through Bidwell’s Eyes

John Bidwell believed fervently in the Union cause. In 1864 he was one of the California delegates to the Republican National Convention in Baltimore on June 7-8, where Lincoln was renominated for president. Upon his return home, he spoke to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Bidwell!

August 5th marks 200 years since the birth of John Bidwell, California pioneer and founder of Chico.¬† So wish him a “Happy Birthday!” (wherever he is), and maybe pay a visit to his home, Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park sometime … Continue reading

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