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Bidwell Mansion

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Address: 525 Esplanade, Chico, CA
Phone Number: (530) 895-6144
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Italianate mansion built by the man who founded Chico

If you are interested in architecture, and/or the history of early Chico and California, then do not miss the Bidwell Mansion. Nicely restored and managed by Cal Parks, hourly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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119 reviews 119 reviews
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you are interested in architecture, and/or the history of early Chico and California, then do not miss the Bidwell Mansion. Nicely restored and managed by Cal Parks, hourly tours are given of this three-story mansion. This was the first home north of Sacramento that had indoor plumbing, and you can still see one of the original flush toilets. Cal... More 

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Chico, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

If you're in town, this is basically the best thing to see in town. The museum is free, and if your timing for the tour is off, or you don't feel like spending the money, the museum is almost as good. It's more focused on the Native Americans that were in the area, but it's very interesting. You usually have... More 

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Chico, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The Mansion was once the home of the man who was instrumental in the founding of Chico, and who wife started Norman School who would later become Chico State. It show life in the late 1800's and what things looked like then. Next door is a native American exhibit and other period items too. If you like history then you... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We went to the Mansion one Sunday morning and were not disappointed. It's great to see what folks had to deal with in the 1880s. The rooms we viewed were great and we did learn a lot about Mr. Bidwell and how well he treated his employees. If you get to Chico go visit you won't be sorry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Visit the home of Chico's founder, John Bidwell. A 3 story mansion filled with original furnishings (the piano came around the horn by ship, up the river by riverboat, horsedrawn to home) and beautifully maintained. A unique gem among towering trees alongside a burbling creek. An antebellum-like home built for his bride from the east coast, and located in what... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We went during some kind of a harvest festival and they were giving free tours of the first floor. The guide was fantastic and had a wealth of information. Have to go back and see the second floor!

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My husband and I made a trip from sacramento to visit, and were so glad we did! Well worth it! Not only is the history of John Bidwell and his wife fascinating (you will learn much about California history both before and after it's becoming a state), the house was simply magnificent. Our tour guide was excellent. I'm from the... More 

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San Bruno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Many modern innovations were incorporated into this historical property, toilets, baths, and a central cupola ventilation system. A very interesting visit.

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Windsor, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Interesting old home of the Bidwell family, pioneers in the valley area of California in Chico. The State of California runs tours through the mansion which has been re-furnished with pieces of the era. Adjacent to the Chico State University campus - land college is located on was donated by the Bidwells. Beautiful treed lot, a visitors center with an... More 

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

The tour is around an hour. Our group was very small and we were able to see all of the mansion. The Tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. You should know that this mansion was built in the late 1800's and does not have any elevators. If you cannot take stairs, you can tour the ground floor and then... More 

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