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Butte County, California Points of Interest

Map of California State Historical Marker Locations in Butte

Butte County Historical Markers

Butte County Historic Homes & Houses
Rancho Chico and Bidwell Adobe
The 26,000-acre Rancho Chico was purchased in 1845-50 by John Bidwell. In 1865 he began construction of the mansion, which in time became the social a... [click for more]

Butte County - General Interest
Bidwell’s Bar
From 1853 to 1856 Bidwell's Bar served as the second county seat of Butte County. The site of the courthouse, now inundated by Oroville Reservoir, is ... [click for more]

Big Bar
The Mokelumne River was mined at this point in 1848. Established in 1840, the Whale Boat Ferry operated until the first bridge was built, about 1852.... [click for more]

Chico Forestry Station and Nursery
In 1888, the State Board of Forestry established an experimental forestry station and nursery. It and the Santa Monica station established in 1887 we... [click for more]

Chinese Temple
Dedicated in the spring of 1863, this building served as a temple of worship for 10,000 Chinese then living here. Funds for its erection and furnishin... [click for more]

Discovery Site of the Last Yahi Indian
Ishi, a Yahi Yana Indian, was the last of his people. Prior to European contact, the Yana population numbered approximately 3,000. In 1865 Ishi and hi... [click for more]

Dogtown Nugget Discovery Site
The Dogtown nugget was discovered April 12, 1859 at the Willard Claim, a hydraulic mine in the Feather River Canyon northeast of the town.... [click for more]

Hooker Oak
In 1887 Annie E. K. Bidwell named this huge oak after English botanist Sir Joseph Hooker. When it fell during a windstorm in 1977, it was estimated to... [click for more]

Mother Orange Tree of Butte County
Judge Joseph Lewis planted this Mediterranean Sweet Orange seedling near the toll bridge at Bidwell’s Bar, Butte County, in 1856.  It has survive... [click for more]

Old Suspension Bridge
The Mother Orange Tree of Butte County was planted at this spot by Judge Joseph Lewis in 1856. The Bidwell Bar Bridge, first suspension bridge of Cali... [click for more]

Oregon City
Entering California over the Applegate and Lassen Trails, a party of Oregonians arrived here in autumn of 1848 to establish Oregon City. Little more t... [click for more]

This page last updated: 11/11/2009