Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, Victorian House Museum, Chico, California.
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park is a beautiful, three-story, 26 room Victorian House Museum and memorial to John and Annie Bidwell in Chico, California. Beginning in 1865 at his Rancho del Arroyo Chico, John Bidwell built the Italianate style brick mansion with modern plumbing, flush toilets, gas lighting, and wall to wall carpeting. John Bidwell was born on the east coast to a poor farming family in 1819. He eventually became a key figure in California history, famous as a true pioneer, statesman, politician, prohibitionist, and philanthropist. John Bidwell became wealthy from gold, participated in the Bear Flag Revolt, lobbied in Washington D.C. for California's statehood, advanced agriculture, was nominated for US President, and founded the town of Chico. Annie Ellicott Kennedy Bidwell, the daughter of a socially prominent, high ranking Washington official, was deeply religious and committed to the suffrage and prohibition movements. After their marriage in 1868, Bidwell Mansion became the social and cultural center of the upper Sacramento Valley. General John Bidwell died in 1900, followed by Annie in 1918. Now a museum, Bidwell Mansion SHP is California Historical Landmark #329 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Address: 525 Esplanade, Chico, California, USA 95926.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download