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Historic Chico California - Must See Sites

Bidwell Mansion 
Constructed in 1865, it was the home to General John Bidwell and his wife Annie. The Mansion was the brain child of architect Henry W. Cleaveland. It features 26 rooms, the most modern lighting, plumbing and water systems of its day.  The overall style of the three-story brick structure was that of an Italian Villa or country estate. Located at 525 Esplanade. Call 530-895-6144 for information and tour times. Directions

Honey Run Covered Bridge
Built in 1894, the Honey Run Covered Bridge is wooded covered bridge crossing Butte Creek. It is one of only few covered bridges left standing in California. Located five miles East of Chico on Honey Run Road in beautiful Butte Creek Canyon. Directions

The Stansbury Home
This amazing example of Italian-Victorian architecture is more than 100 years old and reflects life in Chico during the 19th century.  Built in 1883 out of sugar-pine lumber for a Chico physician named Oscar Stansbury and his wife Libbie, it remained in his family for more than three generations.  The house now belongs to the City of Chico and remains a showcase for those interested in local history. Call (530) 342-3037 for more information. Directions

The Chico Museum
Housed in the former Carnegie Library Building, The Chico Museum has hosted more than 85 exhibits celebrating the distinct heritage of Chico. Featured are artifacts relating to Chico's past including alters and antiquities from the Chinese Taoist Temple constructed in 1890. Directions

Patrick Ranch Museum
Located on the Midway between Chico and Durham, the Patrick Ranch Museum is an, “Interactive Agricultural History Learning Center.” Home to an 1877 grand farmhouse, ag artifacts and founding father histories, the museum focuses on the research, preservation and presentation of history so that the future may learn from the past. Open every Saturday, March – October, a visit to the PRM is a trip back in time where learning is visual, “hands on” and fun for the entire family! Directions

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