A California State Park
Lying in the heart of the city of Chico, Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park stands as a tangible link to the history and legacy of John and Annie Bidwell, two of California’s most significant historical figures. The Bidwells act as a common thread linking stories of California’s prehistory to the turn of the 20th Century. By making their historic home open to the public, California State Parks is dedicated to creating for current and future generations a deeper awareness and understanding of the lives of John and Annie Bidwell and their important contributions to the social, cultural, and economic heritage of California.
Today, Bidwell Mansion represents one of the finest examples of early Victorian-era architecture. With the home restored to the 1868-1900 historic period, California State Parks conducts guided tours of the home on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. These tours allow guests to step back in time to learn about, and interact with, the 19th century world of the Bidwells. A modern Visitor Center adds to the experience by featuring exhibits and videos for visitors to enjoy. Meanwhile the parks grounds, lying adjacent to both downtown Chico and CSU, Chico, feature historic landscaping, including original Bidwell trees and a rebuilt carriage shed.