Category Archives: Chico State College

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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Bidwell and Chico Normal School

John Bidwell secured a State Normal School for Chico by donating a piece of his ranch as the initial site for the school. But his involvement in bringing a college to Chico goes back several years earlier. In February 1880, … Continue reading

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