The Life and Times of John Bidwell

The Life and Times of John Bidwell (HMJR9)

Location: Chico, CA 95926 Butte County
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N 39° 43.964', W 121° 50.608'

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An Amazing Life and Legacy

John Bidwell was born on the east coast to a poor farming family in 1819. In spite of these modest roots, he would eventually become a key figure in California history, one famous for being a true pioneer, a statesman, politician, prohibitionist, and philanthropist.

Over the course of his life, John Bidwell struck it rich by finding a substantial amount of gold, participated in the Bear Flag Revolt, lobbied in Washington D.C. for California's statehood, achieved valuable advances in agriculture, and founded the town of Chico, California. He was even nominated for U.S. President.

1841 — Ambitious and determined 22-year old John Bidwell crossed the Sierra Nevada, and arrives in California with the dream of starting a farm.

1848 — Eureka! John Bidwell finds gold on the Feather River.

1849 ~ 51 — Bidwell purchases more than 26,000 acres of land, including "Rancho del Arroyo Chico."

1860 — The Town of Chico is laid out by John Bidwell.

1863 — Working with an architect, Bidwell creates plans for his 26-room mansion.

1865 — John Bidwell travels to Washington D.C. to serve a term in the House of Representatives. While there, he meets a Presbyterian activist, Annie Ellicott Kennedy.

1868 — The mansion is finished. John and Annie are married in Washington D.C.
HM NumberHMJR9
Year Placed2008
Placed ByCalifornia State Parks
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 12:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 599106 N 4398733
Decimal Degrees39.73273333, -121.84346667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 43.964', W 121° 50.608'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 43' 57.84" N, 121° 50' 36.48" W
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Area Code(s)530, 916
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 525 Esplanade, Chico CA 95926, US
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