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Chico is located in one of the richest agricultural areas in the world at the northeast end of the Sacramento Valley. The city’s boundaries expand to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, creating both a summer and winter playground.
John Bidwell came to California via wagon train in 1843 and by 1860 had founded the city of Chico. Bidwell was part of the California Militia and by the beginning of the Civil War, had been promoted to Brigadier General. In 1863, Lt. Col. A.E. Hooker established a small fort just outside of the city and named it Camp Bidwell in honor of the General. The name was changed to Camp Chico in 1865 to prevent confusion with Fort Bidwell which was northwest of the camp.
The city was incorporated in 1872 and was the home of a significant Chinese American community. In 1886, unidentified arsonists set fire to Chico’s China Town and drove the Chinese population away from the city.
Today, Chico is a diverse, peaceful and welcoming city. As the city has grown and development has flourished, the city has established a “Green Line” at its western edge to protect remaining agricultural land.
to the Chico Area will introduce you to a wide variety of cultural locations and activities. The Chico Museum has two main galleries that are home to both permanent and temporary exhibits. The museum also hosts the only permanent “Circus” exhibit in the western half of the country and there are two smaller galleries that provide insight into the early days of Chico and its surroundings.
The highly unusual and very popular National Yo-Yo Museum is located in Chico. It features the largest collection of yo-yo artifacts in the country and offers classes in the art of yo-yo. There is also a four foot wide yo-yo that is dropped from a crane every four years.
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for members is waiting to host your adventure in Chico. The Bidwell Mansion is one of two great old historical buildings that are open to the public for viewing and exploration. The Bidwell is a Victorian style home built in 1868 and features all the Victorian exterior ginger bread and interior elaboration one would expect from this style of architecture. The Stansbury House is the second of two great old historical examples and a wonderful look back in time to life as it was in the 19th century.
California State University, Chico is the home to the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology. The museum is comprised of temporary exhibits that have been researched, designed and presented by students and include many aspects of Anthropological study.
The city is home to many art galleries as well as a fine collection of murals that can be found around the city in various locations. There are also several excellent theaters with an assortment of performance types including drama, musical, opera and ballet.
If you are interested in visiting a scenic location with a wealth of culture and diversity,
to Chico is a wonderful choice for your next outing.