Bidwell Mansion (101 Things #17)

Bidwell Mansion preserves the Victorian home built and owned by John and Annie Bidwell, the founders of Chico. It's a fascinating look into the history of our town, so I added a trip to the Mansion with my daughters to my 101 Things list.

My parents are visiting right now, and they are interested in historical sites like this. So, we thought this would be a good time to take a tour of the mansion. We went yesterday and joined the last tour of the day.

The house is fascinating. It features several items owned by the Bidwells, including an almost rectangular rosewood piano and a life-sized portrait of John Bidwell painted using an amazing vanishing point perspective. The house also had running water on both the first and second floors and a hot water tank which was filled with water from pipes run through the bricks behind the wood-burning stove in the kitchen.

After the tour, we stopped for an obligatory, tourist-like photo in front of the house, and I checked number 17 off my 101 Things list.

Posted by Greg on January 15, 2009 at 9:10PM.

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