Chico Road Trip

On the Road Again . . .

(Photos by RSheridan)

Downtown Chico

Chico is located at the northeast edge of the Sacramento Valley with the Sierra Nevada mountains to the East as well as the Cascade range. The city is home to Chico State University and certainly has that college vibe. Chico is also one of the richest agricultural areas and almonds are the number 1 crop! Rice, walnuts, kiwis, olives, peaches, and plums are grown in this area too. Kiwis who would have know – interesting!

I have to say Chico earns this designation! Chico has been designated a Tree City USA for 27 years by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The trees in this city are beautiful and some were even showing off their fall colors.

The pictures below are on the side of the Chico Museum building. The museum opened in February 1986 in the former Carnegie Library building. You can learn about the history of Chico.

(Photos by RSheridan)

The Bidwell Mansion

The City of Chico was founded in 1860 by John Bidwell. John Bidwell was a member of one of the first wagon trains to reach California in 1843. John Bidwell was a Brigadier General during the American Civil War.

Chico is home to the Bidwell Mansion at 525 Esplanade. A Victorian house completed in 1868 and the former home of John and Annie Bidwell from late 1868 to 1900 when John Bidwell died. Annie Bidwell (also known as Annie Ellicott Kennedy) continued to live there until her death in 1918. The Victorian home is a three story with 26 rooms and in 1868 cost $60,000 to build. This included indoor plumbing, gas lighting and water. The Victorian home has a pink tinted plaster exterior.

The Bidwell Mansion is now a California State Historical Park. You can take an hour long tour for a fee. There was no elevators back in the day, so there is a total of 50 stairs to reach the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Victorian home.

Interesting Fact:  From 1925 to 1935 the Bidwell Mansion served as a dormitory for Chico State Teachers College students as well as housed the Art and Home Economics departments.

(Photos by RSheridan)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico is home to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Check Out my post on Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Nothing Better than a Brew with Turkey (Photo by RSheridan)

(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Adventuring Through Life!!!


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