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Address: 525 Esplanade, Chico, CA
Phone Number: (530) 895-6144
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a nice tour

The hours are limited and the number of rooms in the house can be limited depending on repairs, but it is well kept and an excellent source of Chico history

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Chico, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The hours are limited and the number of rooms in the house can be limited depending on repairs, but it is well kept and an excellent source of Chico history

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El Dorado Hills, California
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

To get the very best understanding of the city of Chico, start with a tour of Bidwell Mansion. Not only is it historically interesting, but also quite beautiful. We visited on a Sunday, saw the small museum, then took a one hour tour. The California park service has done a wonderful job of preserving this piece of California's history.

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Sacramento, California
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

An iconic symbol of Chico, the Bidwell Mansion is located right in the heart of the action, practically adjacent to the campus of CSU Chico. As a State Historic Park, the home and grounds have been well preserved, and tours are available for a nominal fee. The tour is very interesting. Some of the more notable items include a portrait... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Interesting but screwed up like only California Parks can do. Closed during most of the week, so plan on weekend. So much real history happened in this place and John Bidwell was simply a paramount pioneer for California and the US, but somehow the docents make it... Boring... Buy the book or google it and skip the trip.

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Reno, Nevada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I first went and saw this beautiful mansion in the early 1970's it is lovely, and there is alot of history behind the Bidwell Park, and the town of Chico, and Butte County, I think it is a good idea to see it first before seeing anything else : ) then you will have a better idea what you want... More 

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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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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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28 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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