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Address: 525 Esplanade, Chico, CA
Phone Number: (530) 895-6144
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He once ran for President!

Mr. Bidwell's home is fully maintained with period furniture and explained by docents. It was an opulent lifestyle for a famous land developer. The home is near the college campus... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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La Canada, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

There are lots of historic mansions scattered throughout the U.S. and this one seemed average with nothing really special to make it rise above others...it's a beautiful building with historic furniture in it. Unfortunately, it's located right next to a science museum and near a college which sorts of takes takes away from the historic ambience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Mr. Bidwell's home is fully maintained with period furniture and explained by docents. It was an opulent lifestyle for a famous land developer. The home is near the college campus and an easy place to visit.

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Deming, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This place is amazing for anyone with an interest in history. The story of John & Annie Bidwell is fascinating. It's awesome to see how this one man, and later this one couple, was able to shape history and the lives of so many people. The visitor center has a wonderful display and video you can view to get a... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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26 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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central california
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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