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Bidwell Mansion

525 Esplanade, Chico, CA
(530) 895-6144
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Chico
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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San Bruno, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Laguna Woods, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Beautiful old home, actually was or still is a part of the park system so its kept up well. You tour the home and grounds for a small fee, worth seeing if you have the time. Tip!!! Be sure to walk the Chico State Campus too since your in the area, see the creek, brick buildings and outside art work... More

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This definitely is a place where a little lady helped shape many good things. Be sure to bring cash or checks as they do not accept credit cards. Lots of history here. You will not believe how tiny she was.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Bidwell mansion is very historical building and u must to visit it . It is very interesting and has a beautiful river beside the hotel.

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Bakersfield, California
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32 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

If it wasn't for Mr. Bidwell, Chico wouldn't be what it is today. The tour of the mansion was interesting just too bad they don't have all the original stuff anymore. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and was very informative. He kept repeating over and over about not touching anything. That got a little bit under the skin, but he... More

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Sacramento, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I'm a history buff, but I think this would be a crowd pleaser for even those who flunked the subject in school. The story of Mr. Bidwell is a major link between why people came to California, how it was built, and the development of this area of the state. He epitomized the real Californian or even Californio. A great... More

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Chico, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Although we are natives & locals we learned so much about early Calif. & the very interesting people who helped settle & define it, The Bidwell's, and the Stanfords, Sutter & who Lassen was. Things you think you would know from living here but a trip through the Mansion and the wealth of knowledge shared by the tour leader filled... More

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