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The City of Gold
CSUC & The Bidwell Legacy
Paradise, All Its Name Implies
A Small Town that Loves Company
The Foothills & Wineries

Berry
Creek Feather Falls

Forbestown

Butte County…
Rich in Treasures
From Sly Creek on the far eastern edge to the
waters of the Sacramento River on the western;
from Humbolt Peak in the north to the shadows
of the Sutter Buttes to the south, Butte County
is blessed with a wide diversity of terrain.
Lakes & rivers, creeks & canyons, mountains
& meadows, wild forests & waterfalls—there’s no
end to the natural beauty. Visitors and residents
alike enjoy hiking, bicycling, fishing, hunting,
water sports of all types, and a chance to just
enjoy or photograph nature here.
But that’s just the beginning. History buffs
enjoy our many pioneer museums and beautiful
historic homes, as well as the Chinese artifacts
found at three area museums.
We hope you’ll enjoy discovering Butte County’s treasures, and think you’ll find, as we have,
that the area’s most valuable assets are the many
warm-hearted folks you’ll meet along the way.

Table of Contents

Oroville................. 7-27 Chico................... 38-72
Discover Lake Oroville & its
Visitor’s Center, California’s 1st
Suspension Bridge, the USA’s
Tallest Earthen Dam, an 1863
Chinese Temple, a 41-mile Bike
Trail, Wineries & Wildlife areas.

Event Calendars 4-5, 9, 25, 40,
44, 79

Tour Bidwell Mansion State
Historic Park, California State
University, One of the U.S.A.’s
Largest City Parks, the National
Yo Yo Museum, internationally
known art glass studios and
microbreweries — all in the nation’s Top-Rated Bike Town.

The Foothills....... 28-31 Gridley Area...... 82-86
Explore Feather Falls, a Scenic
Byway, Bald Rock & more.

See Sutter Buttes, Gray Lodge
Wildlife Area, and tree-shaded
Butte County Fairgrounds.

N. Valley’s Wineries...32-37 Maps
Taste the area’s fine wines.
B-Line....................................2-3
Paradise............. 73-81 Oroville’s Greenline Tour.......... 7
All its name implies… plus
the Gold Nugget Museum and
the “Little Grand Canyon.”

Performing & Fine Arts
Oroville State Theater............. 12
Birdcage Theatre..................... 24
Performing Arts in Chico............43
Chico Art & Galleries.........60-65
Paradise Art Scene.................. 77
Paradise Performing Arts Center
& Theatre on the Ridge........... 78

A TRADITION
OF EXCELLENCE

YESTERDAY - TODAY - TOMORROW

North Valley Wineries............. 33
Antique Shops.................. 55, 77
Chico Art Benches.................. 65
Gridley, Oroville, Paradise...... 87
Chico & Bidwell Park............. 88

Quick Resources........ 86
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allow you to board in a location
that is safe. To get off the bus
in a flag stop area, advise the
driver well in advance so they
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stop. Refer to the schedule
for exact flag stop locations.
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bus stops on both sides of Forest
Ave at Baney and Parkway Village.
Scheduled timepoints on the
east side of Forest are listed as
Forest Xfer (Bank), and those
on the west side of Forest are
listed as Forest Xfer (WalMart).

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Chico Area

Oct. 11-Nov. 9 - “Legally Blonde” 7:30
Now-Sept. 9 - “Aqua Vita” Sally Dimas p.m., Chico Theater Co. 894-3282
Oct. 12 - Challenge Fondo. 343-8356
Gallery. 345-3063
or www.chicovelo.org
Sept. 5 - Paula Poundstone, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 - Music Performance, 7 p.m.,
Laxson, 898-6333
Sept. 5-Oct. 4 - 2 shows: Doug Rathbun Avenue 9 Gallery. 879-1821
Oct. 18-19, 25-26 - Artists Open Studio
& Norm Dillinger Avenue 9 Gallery.
Tours. 895-8726, 879-1821, 345-3063
879-1821
Sept. 6 - Chico Palio 10 a.m., 1-Mile & Oct. 19 - The Hot Sardines­—Jazz, 7:30
p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Sycamore Field. Call 228-2860
Oct.
25-26 - Home & Garden Show
Sept. 6 - Chico Concours D’Elegance
10 -4 @Butte Creek Country Club. 762- Silver $ Fairgrounds. Call 300-5703
0067 or www.chicoconcours.com
Oct. 25-Nov. 22 - “Fall Color” Sally
Dimas Art Gallery. 345-3063
Sept. 6-21 - “Barefoot in the Park”
7:30 p.m., Chico Theater Co. 894-3282
Oct. 28 - Mummenschanz—MimeMasque, 7:30 p.m., Laxson, 898-6333
Sept. 12 - Funkadesi.,7:30 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Oct. 31 - Treat Street, 2-5 p.m. DownSept. 12 - ChiVAA’s 2nd Fri. ARTabout, town. Info, 345-6500
5-8 p.m. Uptown. 487-4553, chivaa.org Nov. 7-Dec. 6 - Candy Matthews &
Cynthia Sexton, “Waterworks,” Avenue
Sept. 12-Oct. 21 - “My Home Town”
9 Gallery. 2:30 p.m. 879-1821
Sally Dimas Art Gallery/Studio. 345-3063
Sept. 14 - A Taste of Chico Noon-4 p.m. Nov. 8 - Harvest Festival, 10 a.m.-2
Downtown. Great Food. Call 345-6500 p.m., Bidwell Mansion. 895-6144
Nov. 9 - Calif. Guitar Trio & Montreal
Sept. 14 - Durham Harvest Festival, 7
Guitar Trio, 7:30 p.m.,Laxson. 898-6333
a.m.-4 p.m. Call 899-1583
Sept. 16 - Acrobats of People’s Republic Nov. 11 - Pilobolus—Dance, 7:30 p.m.
Laxson. 898-6333
of China, 7:30 p.m. Laxson. 898-6333
Nov. 13 - Whose Live Anyway?–Improv
Sept. 20 - Pastels on the Plaza 9 a.m.
Comedy, 7:30 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Downtown Plaza. www.chicorec.com
Sept. 20-21 - Bull Riders Championship Nov. 14 - ChiVAA’s 2nd Fri. ARTabout,
5-8 p.m. SOPO. 487-4553, chivaa.org
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. 891-1650
Sept. 21 - Celebrando Nuestra Libertad Nov. 14 - Trivia Bee for Literacy, Manzanita Place. 538-7198
12-8 p.m. Downtown Plaza. 966-4116
Sept. 25 - Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,7:30 Nov. 18 - Senegal St. Joseph Gospel
Choir, 7:30 p.m, Laxson. 898-6333
p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Nov. 21 - Allen Toussaint & the PresSept. 28 - Alpin Hong, Piano, 2 p.m.,
ervation Hall Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m,
Laxson. 898-6333
Laxson. 898-6333
Oct. - Artoberfest— 31 days of events.
Nov. 23 - Christmas Preview, 4-8pm
www.artoberfest.net
Downtown Chico. 345-6500
Oct. 2 - The Lone Bellow—CountrySoul, 7:30 p.m., Laxson Aud., 898-6333 Nov. 28-Dec. 31 - “Home for the HoliOct. 4 - Rosanne Cash, 7:30 p.m., Lax- days” Sally Dimas Art Gallery. 345-3063
Dec. 4-7 - The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. +
son. 898-6333
2 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Laxson. 898-6333
Oct. 4 - National Yo-Yo Contest 9-5
Dec. 5 - Christmas Tree Lighting, 6-8
p.m. Call 893-0545 or 345-6500
p.m. Downtown Park Plaza. 345-6500
Oct. 5-26 - “AutumnFest,” Wkends,
Dec. 5-7 - Stansbury Home Victorian
Patrick Ranch Museum. Info, 342-4359
Oct. 9 - Branford Marsalis & Chamber Christmas. Call 895-3848
Dec. 5-7 - Annual Christmas Fair, Silver
Orchestra of Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.,
Dollar Fairgrounds. 345-9652
Laxson 898-6333
Dec. 6-21 - “White Christmas” 7:30
Oct. 10 - ChiVAA’s 2nd Fri. ARTabout,
5-8 p.m. Downtown. 487-4553, chivaa.org p.m., Chico Theater Co. 894-3282
Oct. 11 - Harvest Sidewalk Sale, Down- Dec. 11 - U.S. Air Force Band of Golden West, 7:30 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
town. Call 345-6500
Dec. 12 - ChiVAA’s 2nd Fri. ARTabout,
Oct. 11-12 - Sierra Oro Farm Trail’s
5-8 p.m. Uptown. 487-4553, chivaa.org
Passport Weekend. Call 891-5556

Dec. 12-Jan. 10 - David Mallory Retrospective,” Avenue 9 Gallery. 879-1821
Dec. 13 - Mariachi Sol de Mexico, 7:30
p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Dec. 14- Christmas Open House
Bidwell Mansion. 895-6144
Dec. 19-21 - Evening Holiday Tours
Bidwell Mansion. 895-6144
Jan. 14-Feb. 7 - Snow Goose Wildlife
Art,” Avenue 9 Gallery. Call 879-1821
Jan. 16 - Mavis Staples—Vocalist &
Band, 7:30 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Jan. 21-25 - Snow Goose Festival, Call
345-1865, sacrivertrust.org
Jan. 21 - Tango Buenos Aires, 7:30 p.m.
Laxson. 898-6333
Jan. 31 - The Hot Club of San Francisco—Silent Films & Gypsy Swing, 7:30
p.m. Laxson. 898-6333
Feb. 2 - Garrison Keillor, 7:30p.m.,
Laxson. 898-6333
Feb. 7 - Russian Nat’l Ballet: Swan
Lake, 7:30 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Feb. 13-Mar. 14 - Karma Ganzler Photography, Avenue 9 Gallery. 879-1821
Feb. 18 - Zap Mama & Antibalas, 7:30
p.m, Laxson. 898-6333
Feb. 19- Storm Large—Vocalist &
Band, 7:30 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Mar. 7 - Intergalactic Nemesis—multimedia, 7:30 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Mar, 10 - Cirque Mechanics—cyclists,
7:30 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Mar. 15 - Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado
de Mexico, 7:30 p.m. Laxson, 898-6333
Mar. 17 - Southern Troubadours: Joe
Ely, Ruthie Foster, & Paul Thorn, 7:30
p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Mar. 22 - Amy Seiwert’s Imagery—
Contemporary Ballet, 7:30 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333

Gridley Area

Oct. 4 - Discover Gridley 14-Mile Yard
Sale. Info, 846-3687
Mid-Oct.-Late-Jan. - 1-1/2 Hr Nature
Walks Saturdays/Sundays, 12:30, Gray
Lodge Wildlife Area. Info, 846-7505
Oct. 23 - Quota Wine Tasting & Silent
Auction. Info, 370-8464
Oct. 25 - Halloween Carnival Night,
12yrs/under, 5-8pm, Com. Cntr. 846-3264
Nov. 29 - Tree Lighting Ceremony
Downtown Biggs. Info, 868-1289
Dec. 3 - Tree Lighting Ceremony, Orchard Hospital. 846-3142

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Nov. 11 - Veteran’s Day Parade, downtown. Call 533-0438
Nov. 14-23 - “Piece of My Heart” 7:30
p.m. Thur-Sat, Birdcage. 533-2473
Dec. 6 - Frontier Christmas, Lake Oroville Visitor Center, 12-5. 538-2219
Dec. 6 - “Harvest Festival at Tri-L
Mandarin” 10-4. 534-4316
Dec. 6-7 - “Holiday Concerts” (Sat. 7:30
& Sun. 1:30) State Theater. 538-2401
Dec. 7 - Victorian Mistletoe Party at
Oroville Area
Lott Home, Sank Park. Call 538-2497
Sept. 7 - Republican Women Home
Dec. 13 - Christmas Open House at
Tour. Call 868-5520
Ehmann Home. Call 533-5316
Sept. 12-21 -“The Little Princess” 7:30
Dec. 13 - Light Parade Call 533-2721
p.m. Thur-Sat, Birdcage. 533-2473
Jan. 16-25 - “Play On!” 7:30, Th-Sat,
Sept. 13 - Palermo Festival & Parade.
Birdcage. 533-2473
Call 533-1276
Sept. 13 - YMCA’s “Comedy Night”
Jan. 27- OCA: WindSync, 7:00 p.m. at
Southside Community Cntr. 533-9622
State Theater. 519-3760
Sept. 15 - OCA: Fernando Varela,
Feb. 13-22 -“Steel Magnolias” 7:30
Tenor, 7:30 p.m., State Theater. 519-3760 p.m. Thur-Sat, Birdcage. 533-2473
Sept. 27 - Salmon Festival, multi-culFeb. 21 - Calif. Ripe Olive Day, 11-3
tural event at the Fish Hatchery, Nature Ehmann Home. 533-5316, 877-7436
Center & Downtown. 589-3807
Feb. 24 - OCA: Good Company, R&B,
Sept. 27 - Bounty of Oroville 11-4pm.
7:30 p.m., State Theater. 519-3760
Sank Park. 538-2542
Feb. 28 - “Winter Concert” 7:30 p.m,
Mid-Sept.-Oct. 11 - Perry Mason Days State Theater. 538-2401
–life & times of Erle Stanley Gardner,
Mar. 13-22 - “The Hostage” 7:30 p.m.
downtown. Call 533-5316, 533-9418
Thur-Sat, Birdcage. 533-2473
Oct. 2 - OCA: Alex DePue, Violin/GuiMid-Mar. -“Old Time Fiddlers Chamtar, 7:30 p.m, State Theater. 519-3760
pionships.” Info, 538-2542
Oct. 16-19 - “Little Shoppe of Horrors”
7:30 p.m., Th.-Sat., Birdcage. 533-2473
Paradise Events
Oct. 18-19 - Beauty on the River Quilts Aug. 23 - “Concours de la Chapelle”
Veteran’s Hall, Montgomery. 589-2098 Benefit for N. Calif. Ballet @Chapelle
de L’Artiste. Call 228-0941
Oct. 18-19 & 25-26 - Open Studios
Tour Oroville art studios. 533-4140
Dec. 4 - Gridley Christmas Light Parade. Info, 846-3142
Dec. 4-6 - Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic. Info, 846-4791
TBA - Storybook Christmas Craft Faire.
846-3142
Dec. 11-13 - Gridley Invitational Basketball Tournament Info, 846-4791
TBA - Gridley Community Recognition &
Awards Banquet. 846-3142

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Sept. 4-28 - “Boeing, Boeing” Th-Sat.,
7:30 p.m. Theatre on the Ridge. 877-5760
Sept. 13-14 - “Days of Living History”
11-4, Gold Nugget Mus. Info, 872-8722
Sept. 21 - Tribute: The Eagles, Performing Arts Center
Sept. 26 - “Pass the Pasta Feast”
seatings at 5 & 6:30 p.m. @Lutheran
Church. Call PCTN @877-1856
Oct. 4-5 - Johnny Appleseed Days,
Foods, crafts & entertainment, Terry
Ashe Rec. Cntr & Vet’s Hall. 877-9356
Oct. 18-19 & 25-26 - Open Studios
Tour Paradise art studios. 895-8726
Oct. 19 - Opening Night for Symphony
7p.m., Paradise Performing Arts. 872-8454
Oct. 31 - Halloween, 6:30 p.m. at Terry
Ashe Rec. Center. Info, 872-6393
Nov. 6-Dec. 7 - “Cricket on the
Hearth” Th-Sat. 7: 30 p.m., Theatre on
Ridge. 877-5760
Nov. 13-15 - “Holiday Preview” Shops &
antique dealers Open House. 877-2900
Nov. 15 - Cowboy Music & Poetry,
Performing Arts Cntr. 872-8722
Mid-Nov.-mid-Jan. - Ice Rink Open,
6626 Skyway @Terry Ashe. 872-6393
Dec. - Holiday Decor at Gold Nugget
Mus. Info, 872-8722
1st Sat. in Dec. - Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival 5:30-8:30 p.m. at
Community Park. Info, 872-6291
Dec. 6-7 - “Chorus Concert” Paradise
Performing Arts, 7pm/6th & 3pm/7th.
Dec. 19-21 - “The Nutcracker” Paradise Performing Arts. 872-1719
Jan. 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, 6:30 p.m. 877-1856
Feb. 14 - “Mardi Gras Party” 7-11:30
p.m., Sr. Center. PCTN @ 877-1856

Ongoing Weekly Events

Chico Downtown Concerts in the Park
Free. Fridays 7pm May-Sept. 345-6500
Chico Farmers’ Markets are held AprilOct, Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., Broadway & 3rd St. and 7:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Saturdays year round, 2nd & Wall
Gridley Farmers’ Market, 5-8 Tuesdays
May-Aug., El Tamborazo
Oroville Farmers’ Market 7:30 a.m.12 Saturdays May-Nov., downtown,
between Myers & Huntoon + Wed. 11-5
at Oroville Hospital, June-Sept.
Paradise Farmers’ Market 7:30 a.m.Noon Tuesdays June-Oct. at Paradise
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Forebay in Oroville

Oroville
City of Gold—the Fun Starts Here!

Oroville’s Greenline Tour
This Oroville
Greenline map
locates many of the
attractions in this
section. Use this
map while following
the green line down
the center of the street to each of the
featured attractions.
Take the Cell Phone Tour...
Seven of the Greenline Tour
historical attractions are now included
in a cell phone walking tour. Exploring
historic Oroville with narratives about
each of the attractions using your cell

phone is easy and fun. Simply dial
530-539-3004 on your cell phone and
press the numbers for the location that
you are visiting. The numbers to press
are represented with a cell phone icon
and the appropriate number on the
page describing the attraction in this
guide. For example, go to page ten in
the 101 where you will see the
cell phone icon and the
number 107. Dial 530539-3004 and press 107
107
for the Pioneer Museum
narrative. You can take
the tour on foot or by car
following the Greenline Cell Phone Walking
and street signs.
Tour Sights

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1

Drive Over the
Nation’s Tallest Dam

Oroville Dam
Follow Oro Dam Blvd. East
Info: 530-534-2306

Completed in 1968,
it stands 770 feet
high and is 6,920 feet
across the top. It is
the tallest and one of
the largest earthen
dams in the USA.
Tailings from the gold dredging era
make up most of the material used in
construction.
A picnic area overlooks the dam &
has restroom facilities. The dam area is
also a favorite of local swimmers.
Beneath the dam, a cavern almost as
large as the state capitol building has
been hollowed out to house six power
generation units. Coupled with four
units in the Thermalito Power Plant,
they generate more than 2.8 billion
kilowatt-hours of power annually.
Lake Oroville, which the dam
created, has a surface area of 24 square

Bidwell Bar Bridge
miles and a shoreline of 167 miles,
including many waterfalls in the Spring.

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Walk Across
California’s First
Suspension Bridge

Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge
South End of Lake Oroville in
Bidwell Canyon
Off Kelly Ridge Road
530-538-2219
In 1856, a suspension bridge was
swung across the Feather River at
Bidwell Bar, site of the county’s first

gold mining community. It’s towers,
manufactured in New York and brought
around the Horn, the bridge was the
first of it’s type in California and was
closed to traffic in 1954.
Prior to the construction of Oroville
Dam, the bridge was dismantled and
relocated in Bidwell Canyon. The first
Saturday of every May, the Bidwell Bar
Day celebration is held here featuring
demonstrations of pioneer crafts, gold
panning, food and entertainment. The
Toll House Museum there is open on
Saturdays during the summer.

Videos on Request at the
Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center

For an extensive list of community events, visit orovillechamber.net
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Feather Fiesta Days: Activity abounds Saturday May 9th, 2015
with the Grand Parade, Car Show, Chile Cookoff, Craft Fairs & more.
Lake Oroville: Boating / Camping / Fishing. Recreational opportunities are also
available at the North and South Forebays, Afterbay, Diversion Pond & Feather River.
Oroville’s Salmon Festival

Sept. 27, 2014 in Downtown Oroville.
A weekend of fun for everyone! salmonfestoroville.org

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WATER VIDEOS

Length (minutes)

Birth of Oroville Dam:..................................................10
Seeking Its Own Course:...............................................3
Balancing Act:.............................................................22
What Do You Know About H2O?:...................................35
Lure of Water:.............................................................11
Water for Life:.............................................................14
The Fish Hatchery:......................................................12
Wings Over Water:........................................................6
To Protect, Conserve, & Develop:.................................12
California’s White Treasure:.........................................13
The Living Marsh:.......................................................13
California State Water Project:.....................................14
High Water Floods of 1986:.........................................20
For Generations to Come:............................................11
California Water Story:................................................16
The Water Cycle:................................................... 10-12
Pipeline:......................................................................23
Free-Flowing Rivers: ..................................................18

PARK & NATURALIST VIDEOS

John Bidwell’s California:............................................24
Windows on the Delta:................................................24
Wild California-Land:...................................................25
California Rice:............................................................14
California Indian Baskets:............................................30
Concow Maidu:...........................................................30
Ishi in Two Worlds:......................................................20
Ghost Towns:..............................................................18
The Gold Rush/California Settlement:..........................16
Oroville: Past & Present:..............................................14
Gold Dredge & Hard Rock Mining & Hydraulic Mining:... (ea) 20
Tears from the Sun:.....................................................19
Animal Babies:............................................................10
The Predators:............................................................26
Looking at Fishes:.......................................................15
Marty Stouffer’s Wild America: 6 videos............... (ea) 30
Bird of Prey — Red Tailed Hawk:................................14
Rare and Endangered Plants of California:...................18
*Of special interest for first-time visitors to this area

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Forebay

Get the Big Picture

Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center
North End of Kelly Ridge Road,
Off Olive Hwy (Hwy 162)
530-538-2219 • http://parks.ca.gov
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, &
New Year’s Day

This is a great
source for just
about any kind of
information you
want about the area.
The center, a joint
venture between
California’s Dept. of Parks & Recreation
and the Dept. of Water Resources, has
exhibitions which cover the history of
the California water projects from the
early Spanish-built dams to the dams of
today, Maidu Indian culture, and local
wildlife.
More than forty videos are available
for viewing upon request. Brochures on
all area attractions are available as well
as maps of hiking and horse trails.
Be sure to climb the 47-foot high
viewing tower for spectacular views of
the lake, mountains, and valley.

4

Great Camping &
the Best Fishing in
the State

here. And bass aren’t the only type of
fish you’ll find. Coho salmon, catfish,
mackinaw, and brown trout can all be
found here.

5

Want Wind or Speed?

North & South Forebays
West of Hwy. 70, north of Oroville
(Garden Drive Exit)
Classes: 774-7934
ForebayAquaticCenter.com
Reserved for non-motorized use
only, the North Forebay is a sailor’s
dream come true. Ranked as the best
sailing and windsurfing north of the

Bay Area, these waters and winds are
delightful. The spot is also popular
with those who prefer to canoe, swim,
or just relax in the sun. A 200-yard
sandy swimming beach has men’s and
women’s dressing rooms, drinking
water, and a special feature — shade
trees that keep the sun off of your picnic
table and you. A 15-space RV campsite
and restrooms are also found at the
North Forebay.
In addition to the North Forebay,
there is a 7,000 sq. ft. aquatic center
on site. The Forebay Aquatic Center
is a collaborative effort between the
Department of Boating and Waterways,
the Department of Water Resources, the
Department of Parks and Recreation

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Lake Oroville Recreation Area
east of Oroville, off Olive Hwy. (162)
Campsite Reservations:
800-444-PARK (7275)
Park Headquarters • 530-538-2200
www.dwr.water.ca.gov/lakeoroville
Camping opportunities abound at
this State Recreation Area, including
boat-in campsites and ten two-tiered
floating campsites, along with the more
typical all-terrain and RV hookup sites.
For marina information (houseboat
& other boat rentals, etc.), please see
item number 18.
If it’s bass you’re after, you’ll be
pleased to know that Bassmaster
magazine ranks Lake Oroville as the
“Best Bass Fishing Spot in California,”
and held a regional bass tournement

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and the Chico Rowing Club. The center
provides boat rentals, such as kayaks
(both single and double), pedal boats,
hydro bikes, canoes, and sailboats. In
addition to the rentals, the center offers
courses in sailing, sit-on-top kayaking,
sea kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding,
rowing, and aquatic camps for youths
ages 8-16. The Aquatic Center is open
Wed. through Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The South Forebay is the spot for
speed competitions. Jet ski, speedboat,
and hydroplaners all come here to show
what they’re made of. The water action
is exciting, and there’s a new swimming
beach, a picnic area, and a fish cleaning
station, as well as new shade trees.

6

Catch the
49er Spirit

Butte County Pioneer Memorial
Museum
2332 Montgomery St.
cityoforoville.org/
pioneermuseum.html
107
530-538-2497
Fri-Sat-Sun. Noon4p.m. Closed: Dec.
15-Jan. 31
Admission: $2 Adults ($1.50/
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Pioneer Museum Display

Built by the Native
Sons & Daughters of
the Golden West and
operated by the City of
Oroville, this museum
was built in 1932 as a
replica of a 49er cabin.
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to now hold 6,000 sq.
ft. of historic treasures.
Antique pianos, the
original Oregon City
School organ, a grand
old clock from Bidwell
Bar, an extensive hat
collection (including
an 1849 bonnet worn
by a wagontrainer),
beautifully elaborate
women’s fans, antique
dolls (including a
doll from the Donner
Party), a miner’s vest
tailored to hold different size nuggets,
and a handmade gold needle are just
part of the holdings of the first room.
The Indian artifact display contains
one of the largest arrowhead and basket
collections in the area, and the Chinese
exhibit features a rare tear jar.
One area is devoted to the life of
Florence Danforth Boyle, the museum’s
founder and Butte County Recorder in
1918.
It will give you the 49er spirit!
To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 107.

7

Relive a Love Story

C.F. Lott Home in Sank Park
1067 Montgomery St.
530-538-2497
or 538-2415
101
Home Hours: Sun.,
Mon. & Fri. 11:30-3:30
Closed: Dec. 15-Jan. 31
Admission: Adults $3,
Children under 12 free
Park Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9-9, Sun. 9-8:30
A Victorian revival
style structure, the
C.F. Lott Home built
in 1856 serves as a
cultural repository for
decorative art objects
which are typical of
the homes of Oroville’s pioneer families.
The collection includes antique
furnishings, paintings, rugs, textiles,
clothes, silver, and glassware of the
period 1849-1910. The tour retells a
love story,

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Chinese Temple

including the surprise built into the
fireplace.
The garden contains a profusion
of flowers, including an outstanding
hybrid rose area, and the park contains
a lovely gazebo as well as many trees
that show autumn color. Don’t miss the
carriage house with Jess and Cornelia’s
1922 Buick. Portions of the property
may be reserved for weddings and other
private functions.
To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 101.

8

Know Another
Culture

Oroville Chinese
Temple & Garden
1500 Broderick St.
530-538-2496

www.cityoforoville.org/
chinesetemple.html

102

Hours: Daily, Noon-4
Closed December 15-January 31
Admission: Adults $3,
Children under 12 free
Tour groups and special rates
Built in 1863 to
serve a community of
10,000 Chinese, this
temple of treasures is
listed on the National
Register of Historic
Places and also as a
California Landmark. It was first opened
to visitors during California’s 1949
Centennial.
It includes three chapels, with the
main chapel, Liet Sheng Kong, serving
as a place of worship for Taoism,
Confucianism, and Buddhism.
In 1968, Tapestry Hall was added
to display the extensive collection of
embroidered tapestries, parade parasols,
and other objects of beauty. A priceless

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collection of Chinese and
American costumes is
arranged to contrast
the two cultures by
decades from 1850 to
1930. Also see the rare
three-dimensional
puppets from the
Oroville Chinese
Opera Theatre.
Visitors won’t
want to miss the
garden, which is
designed as a place
for meditation and
reflection and
has plantings that
originated in China;
each is a symbol for a Taoist idea.

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Performing Arts Center
Presented by State Theatre Arts Guild (STAGE)

Fall/Winter 2014-2015
Sept. 15 • Ferando Varela
Sept. 18 • Juni FIsher
(Campfire Concert Series)

The temple and garden are maintained
by the Oroville Parks Department.

well as local groups presenting music,
dance, comedy, and drama.

To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 102.

To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 106.

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Songs, Dances
& More

Historic State
106
Theatre of Oroville
At Myers & Robinson
Tickets: 530-538-2415
Box Office Information
Recording: 530-538-2470
Dedicated in
1928, this theater
has featured great
vaudeville acts, fine
films, and multiple
live music, dance, and
drama performances.
The theater was designed by Timothy
L. Pflueger and J.R. Miller, who also
created the Pacific Telephone and
Telegraph Building in San Francisco.
The State was restored to much of its
original grandeur in the late 1980s with
additional restoration projects being
completed every few years. The theatre

Oct. 2 • Alex Depue
with Miguel De Hoyos
Oct. 9 • Dave Stamey
(Campfire Concert Series)
Oct. 16, 17, 18 & 19
Bird Cage Theatre’s Lil’ Shop of Horrors
Nov. 6 • Bruce Foreman & Cowbop
(Campfire Concert Series)
Dec. 6 & 7
Oroville Community Concert Band
& Chorus Holiday Performance
Jan. 22 • Carolyn Martin
(Campfire Concert Series)
Jan. 27 • Wynsync
Feb. 24 • Good Company
Feb. 28
Oroville Community Concert
Band & Chorus Performance
March 5 • Lacy J Dalton
(Campfire Concert Series)
March 23 • Live From Nashville
Program, Artists, Dates are all subject to change.

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See the House
that Olives Built

Ehmann Home
Lincoln at Robinson,
530-877-7436,
105
533-5316
Open for tours
Saturdays, 11-3
Butte County Historical
Society Museum, 1749 Spencer
Ave.
530-533-9418, Fri. 9-12, Sat. 11-3
Butte County Historical Society
Archives, 2335 Baldwin Ave.
530-533-9418, Thurs.-Fri., 9-Noon
Freda Ehmann,
“Mother of the Ripe
Olive Industry,” and
her son, Edwin, built
this Colonial Revival
Craftsman home
in 1911 after she’d
perfected a curing process for ripe olives
and had markets across the nation.
Edwin served as mayor here from
1919-23.
Open for tours by appointment
and on Saturdays from 11-3, the
home features lovely wainscoting,
hardwood floors, fireplaces,
intricate stained glass windows,
and antique furniture including a
Chickering piano that came around
the Horn. The home is available for
weddings & other events.
BCHS Museum houses Ishi’s
jailcell door, early gold scales,
photographs, an amazingly detailed
dollhouse, an Erle Stanley Gardner
exhibit and many videos. BCHS
hosts annual “Ishi Days” each May.
Research assistance and sale of
books, Diggin’s (BCHS’ quarterly
publication), and Ehmann olives
are offered at the Archives.
Gifts are offered in all three
venues, Main and 5th Streets.
To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and
press 105.

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BCHS Museum

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Search for
Treasure Unburied, That Is

Oroville’s Antique Shops
Downtown Oroville

The mission of the
Artists of River Town is to
share art with the people
of all ages in the area, offer
a space to local artists to
share their work with the
public and educate those
who wish to know more
about art. The organization
sponsors a “Kids Art Day”
every
March, gives kids the
opportunity to make
“Mom’s Day” cards for their mothers
during parade day of Feather Fiesta
Days, classes of various sorts and
workshops at the gallery.
The gallery is open from noon-

Antique dealers from all over the
Northwest come here to buy for their
shops. It’s because of the bargains.
China, glassware, pottery, jewelry,
silver, clocks, paintings, books, magazines, sheet music, fixtures, quilts,
figurines, dolls, toys, tools, records,
trunks, and every type and style of
furniture can all be found. Whether
you’re adding to a collection, wanting
to buy a gift for someone else, or just
looking for a classy way to add to the
decor of your own home, do take the
time to treasure hunt in these shops.

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Visual Arts

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Hours: Tues-Sat, Noon-4 p.m.
530-534-3227
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Inside Artists of Rivertown Gallery
Cultural Center, Arlin Rhine Dr.
Next to Municipal Auditorium
Hours: Tues-Sat, Noon-4 p.m.
530-538-2415
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1360 Montgomery St.
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4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays,
is open First Friday of the month
until 7 p.m., and participates in other
special events such as the Wildflower
Festival, Salmon Festival and has a
juried”Mystery Show” during Perry
Mason Days in October.
The Lantrip Ashtray Museum, inside
the gallery, opened in spring 2013 and
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from around world, including ashtrays
from the White House and House of
Representatives. It is the collection of
the late Dean Lantrip, who served as
Oroville’s Postmaster from 1980-1993.
To view Jon Shult’s award-winning
art, visit Broken Color Art Gallery in
downtown Oroville. Shult works in
a variety of media including drawing,
printmaking and painting. He explores
the landscape and figures (clothed
and nude) using a style influenced by
Impressionism.
Prints of paintings are also available,
as well as cards and illustrated t-shirts,
and Shult welcomes Commissions. He
is teaching art classes for the Chico Art
Center, as well as conducting private
lessons.
Steve Nielsen local artist known
for his realism in the making of metal
sculptures of dinosaurs, butterflies,
dragonflies, salmon and steelhead,
designed and built a stainless-steel
eagle now on display at the CCC. Every
feather in this unique sculpture is
hand cut, sanded, shaped, polished and
applied one feather at a time. The city
of Oroville recently gave the innovative

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DINGERVILLE USA (530) 533-9343
5813 Pacific Heights Rd.

Painting by John Shult
and creative talent a grant to create
large metal sculptures for the park
along the river near the Nature Center
where you can view his work.
Opened by Julee Spohn and Bob
Thomaston the summer of 2013, La
Petite Galerie offers a variety of media
for viewing and purchase. It also offers
periodic classes in acrylics and year
round provides a room available to
those who wish a place to paint. The
room, as of late summer, holds a still
life display for painters to use as a
subject, and later those who wish can
participate in a still life exhibition.

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Get Teed Off

Lake Oroville Golf and Event Center
9 Holes, Par 66; 5131 Royal Oaks
Drive • 530-589-0777
Table Mountain Golf
18 Holes, Par 72; Oro Dam Blvd. W.,
2 miles W. Hwy 70 • 533-3922
Dingerville USA
9 Holes, Par 27; 5813 Pacific
Heights Rd. • 530-533-9343
Riverbend Park Disc Golf Course
18 Holes; West end of
Montgomery St. at Hwy. 70
530-533-2011, www.frrpd.com
If golfing is your sport, Oroville offers
three courses with widely differing
terrains. The Lake Oroville Golf and
Event Center course near Lake Oroville
is tight, challenging, and offers a
rolling, parklike setting with lovely
foothill views. It also features a netted
driving range, a pro shop and practice
putting greens.
The Table Mountain course has
hosted the Women’s Pro Am Tour, but
don’t let that scare you away—amateurs
play there year round. It features
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water hazards, sand traps, and a driving
range and putting green.
South of Oroville, off Hwy. 70,
Dingerville USA is an Executive golf
course. Their shortest hole is 90
yards, their longest 192. Pull-cart and
club rentals are available. This course
opened in 1993.
A great family pastime, because it’s
free and all ages can play, is a round
of disc golf at the Riverbend Disc Golf
Course. The course was designed by Ed
Hedrick, the father of disc golf, and was
a project of Sunrise Rotary Club.

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Bike Along a
River & Across
a Dam

41-Mile Freeman Bicycle Trail
530-533-7885
Completed in 1996, this trail
provides 41 miles of scenic off-road
recreational riding for All Terrain
Bicycles. Over 30 miles of the trail are
flat with some slightly rolling terrain.
There are two steep grades within a
2-mile distance from Lake Oroville on
each side of the Dam. In fact, the trail

View of the Feather River Fish Hatchery

on the North side of the Dam was the
site (1 of 7) of the California
State Downhill Championship Series
Race, a 1.5-mile single track trail with
37 turns and 750 feet of vertical drop.
All segments of this exceptional
trail have their own elements of
beauty. Rolling oaks, scattered
pines, beautiful meadows (filled
with wildflowers in the Spring),
creek crossings, panoramic views of
Oroville, the Sacramento Valley,
and the Sutter Buttes, lovely park,
river, and afterbay scenes, and many
species of birds are all found here.
Maps of the Freeman Bicycle
Trail are available at Greenline
Cycles, 1911 Montgomery (corner
of Huntoon), at the Oroville Area

September 26-27

SalmonFestOroville.org
Oroville Salmon Festival on facebook!
Friday, Sept. 26 6pm-9pm - Feather River Nature Center Dinner & Dance at its new location on
the levee at Salmon Court. Tickets at Oroville Chamber of Commerce at 538-2542.

Saturday, Sept. 27
9am-3pm - Fish Hatchery - Breakfast, FREE tours, fish viewing, kids activities, harvesting of salmon.
10am-4pm - ODBA Street Faire - Kids activities, food, music, crafts & commercial vendors.
10am-6pm - Bounty of Butte County NEW date & location - Local food expo with cooking demos
FREE to attend; tasting tickets 538-2542.
10am-6pm - Salmon Court - Non-stop entertainment, beer & wine garden, gourmet salmon & foods,
nonprofit alley & art exhibits.
10am-6pm - Oroville Hospital Health Fair featuring flu shots, cholesterol, heart & well-being check-ups.

Chamber of Commerce, 1789
Montgomery Street, and at the Lake
Oroville Visitor’s Center.

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Swing Into
Fitness

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See Nature
in Action

Anytime Fitness
1124 Oro Dam Blvd.
530-533-7770
Outdoor Fitness Course
Riverbend Park, W. end of Montgomery/Hwy. 70, along the bike trail
530-533-2011
Oroville Sports Club
2600 Oro Dam Blvd.
530-538-0123
Bedrock Park
Fifth Avenue & Stafford Street
The Outdoor Fitness Course is
state-of-the art and is designed for
low impact cardio-vascular health and
fitness for all levels. It consists of
four stations, each with directions for
the various activities. A project of the
Rotary Club of Oroville, it is accessible
for all, including the disabled.
The sports clubs offers facilities
for just about everything for anyone
interested in getting or staying in
shape: aerobics/fitness programs,
weight-support programs, etc.
If you prefer a park-like setting, try
Bedrock Park for eight lighted tennis
courts.

Feather River Fish Hatchery &
Nature Center Park
Off Table Mountain Blvd. at Feather
River Crossing
Visiting Hours: 8 a.m. to Sundown
Fish ladder opens the day after Labor Day. Tours: 530-534-2306

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When Oroville
Dam was built, several
miles of spawning
grounds were no
longer available to
salmon and steelhead
trout returning
to their home stream to spawn. To
compensate for this loss, the Dept.
of Fish & Game and Dept. of Water
Resources opened this state-of-the art
facility.
The hatchery can accommodate
9,000 adult salmon and 2,000 adult
steelhead. The incubators can hold
20 million eggs, and 9.6 million
fingerlings can be reared in the eight
concrete raceways. During their Fallrun (heaviest in September-November,
but extending into February) the fish
can be seen, through windows built
into the wall, jumping the ladder-like
steps leading to the gathering tanks,
providing an aquarium-like view.
If you’ve never
witnessed this life cycle,
try to find time to watch
nature in spectacular
action at this official
CALIFORNIA
California Watchable
WATCHABLE
Wildlife site.
WILDLIFE
Built of stone and sitting beside the
river just across from the hatchery on
Old Ferry Road, the 1930’s WPA bath
house has been restored and converted
into a Nature Center. Beautifully
constructed from nature’s gifts, it’s our
favorite structure in the county and
a wonderful place to commune with
nature during any season of the year.
Picnic tables are provided along with
the nature!

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featured in Garden Getaways-Northern
California (1989, Tioga Publishing Co.),
which is quite a compliment for the
city. “Closed off to the world outside
its gates, the garden is a mystery from
outside but a place of shelter and
tranquility within,” is how the author
describes the Chinese Temple Garden
after listing dawn redwood, ginkgo,
wisteria, bamboo, waterlilies, and other
specimens to be enjoyed here.
After discussing species in Sank
Park, “…a rose garden…a trellised
gazebo, and wide lawns with beautiful
specimen trees… the garden today is
ideal for strolling, sitting, and for more
formal gatherings,” the author wrote.
One of the historic garden spots

in Oroville is the former California
Display Garden at Western Pacific
Brewing & Dining. The garden was
originally used to “greet and introduce”
rail travelers to the huge variety of
California fruit trees. After traveling
through the snow in the Sierras, we bet
they were impressed.to see avocados,
palms, a fig, olive, persimmon, and
pineapple guava. Little remains of
the garden now, but you can use your
imagination and understand the thrill
that rail travelers once experienced.
And you just haven’t seen Spring
until you view the 165 varieties of
azaleas in April bloom at Minasian’s.

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Gardens

Chinese Temple Garden
1500 Broderick St.
Lott Garden in Sank Park
1067 Montgomery St.
Minasian Azalea Gardens
1681 Bird St.
Western Pacific’s Calif. Display
Garden
2191 High at Oliver

Three of Oroville’s gardens are

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Horsing Around

Loafer Creek Horse Camp
Lake Oroville Recreation Area
530-538-2200
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This new state-of-the-art facility
features 15 campsites (two horses per
site), a restroom with shower facility, a
horse washing station
and horse tethering and feeding
stations. What more could you ask for?
The area features 44 miles of riding
and hiking trails traveling from an
elevation of 200-1000 feet. The trail
meanders by many sights, including an

old settler’s cabin and an 1850’s
water flume. It’s a beautiful ride.
A trail map, developed by the Lake
Oroville Mounted Assistance Unit, is
available for $1.50.

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Rent a Boat &
View a Lake
Oroville Sunset

Bidwell Marina
801 Bidwell Canyon Drive,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-9175
Lake Oroville Marina
3428 Pentz Road,
Paradise, CA 95969
530-877-2414 or 800-255-5561
Some folks prefer sunrises, but we’re
partial to sunsets, and we don’t think
they come any better than those shining
their colors across a lake. Since they’re
twice as nice if you’re surrounded by
water, why not enjoy one the best way.
Both marinas have party boats, ski
boats, fishing boats, waverunners, skis/
toys available for rent at a nominal
charge, and Lake Oroville Marina rents
houseboats. You can get snacks to take
along, as well as bait and tackle if you
want to fish, in their grocery store.
And then there’s the party barge —
huge patio boat/dance floor/campsite/
conference room — it’s all of these.
Camping and picnic facilities are
available near both marinas. Call ahead
to be sure of a boat when you arrive.

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World Tour
of Wildlife

Huntington’s Sportsman’s Store
601 Oro Dam Blvd.
530-534-8000
Hours: Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat. 8-5
Admission is free
You may have seen wildlife museums
that contain a nice variety of area
wildlife, but Oroville is home to one
with over 100 “trophies” from all over
the world. Many photographs taken
during the hunts are also displayed,
and in the cases surrounding the
museum room is an outstanding and
unique collection of firearms.

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Huntington’s also has cases filled
with memorabilia from Oroville’s
past: antique bottles and many Indian
artifacts, including an exceptional
collection of baskets. It’s easy to see
why it’s called “Northern California’s
Most Unique Sportsman’s Store!”

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Taste Oranges,
Olive Oils, &
More—Yum!

Morse Mandarin Farms
8 Featherdale Dr.,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-2126
www.morsemandarinfarms.com
Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch
845 Mt. Ida Rd.,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-5799, FAX: 589-5949
www.holidaymandarins.com
Tri-L Mandarin Ranch
Entrance on Mt. Ida Rd., near intersection of Mt. Ida & Naranja Ave.
Oroville, CA 95966
530-534-4316, FAX: 534-1397
www.Mandarins4you.com
Berkeley Olive Grove
Oroville, CA 95965
530-533-1814
www.berkeleyolivegrove.com
Butte View Olive Co.
2950 Louis Ave.,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-534-8320
www.butteview.com
Chaffin Family Orchards
606 Coal Canyon Rd.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-533-1676, 533-8239
Lodestar Farms Olive Oil
3719 Foothill Blvd.,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-534-6548
www.lodestarfarms.com
The Purple Pig Blueberry Farm
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-4736
purplepigberries@yahoo.com
Sierra Oro Farm Trail Map
530-566-9849
www.sierraoro.org
Satsuma mandarins, sweet, juicy,
seedless oranges with a thin, loose
peel, grow in many places throughout
Butte County, but if you drive almong
the foothills east of Oroville in the
“citrus corridor”, you will find the farm
signs along the roadways of Mt. Ida

Rd., Featherdale Dr. and Olive Hwy.
directing you to some of the tastiest
mandarins in the nation. The mandarin
season starts in late November and runs
through mid-January, and the places
we’ve listed welcome visitors.
Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch mandarins
are the great tasting, seedless Satsuma
mandarins. They are very sweet, easy to
peel, and excellent for eating or juicing.
The Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch has been a
great source for holiday gift packages.
Morse Farms started in 2002 with the
planting of 400 satsuma mandarin trees
and a variety of lemons, limes, navel
oranges, grapefruits and minneolas.
They also produce mandarin
marmalade, mandarin syrup, mandarin
olive oil, mandarin
jalapeno barbeque
sauce and meat
and vegetable
seasoning
and rubs.

Tri-L Harvest Festival

Lou and Lola Lodigiani farm the five
acre Tri-L Mandarin Ranch. During a
good year their 850 trees will produce
85 tons of Owari Satsuma mandarins
acclaimed supurb by Graham Kerr
culinary and TV personality. Tri-L will
have its annual Harvest Festival on
December 6, 2014 with free admission.
If you’ve read a recent copy of “Wine
Spectator” magazine, you’ll know that
Oroville is rated as the best place in the
nation to grow olives. And that explains
why olive oil made from Oroville’s olives
are taking “Best of Show” awards at the
Los Angeles County Fair—the fair in
the nation for olive oil judging!
We spoke with three of the local
growers and olive oil producers and
were impressed to learn that each of
them had traveled abroad to study the
process of making olive oil, one in
France, one in Spain, and one in Italy.
The Berkeley Olive Grove spans 500
acres of mission olive trees that were
planted by the University of California
in 1913. The 500-acre site was chosen
for its unique volcanic soil and climate.
Chaffin Family Orchards is a five
generation family farm located in a
warm air belt that wraps around the
town of Oroville. The farm has been
harvesting and producing olives and
olive oil for over 75 years. For over 50
years the farm has produced beef cattle,
citrus, stone fruits, and avocados.
The Wagon Wheel Market on Olive
Highway carries many of the local olive
oils, but Lodestar Farms also has a

Tri-L Mandarin Ranch
4th Annual Harvest Festival

Come Join us Rain or Shine • FREE Admission

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Festival Hours 10AM - 4PM

Shop Early for the Holiday Season
with Local Craft & Gift Artesians
Bring the Whole Family
Mandarins & Sweet Tastings
for All!

www.mandarins4you.com

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tasting room and gives tours; however,
a phone call to any of them can get
you an appointment to sample the best
extra virgin olive oil this side of the
Mediterranean!
The Purple Pig Blueberry Farm
started January 2012 with 119
Southmoon and Jubilee Highbush
blueberry plants and expanded in 2013
for a total of 189 plants. These are
capable of producing about 20 pounds
of berries per plant. These large juicy
berries are hand picked, sorted and
packaged in Oroville in May and June.
The berries are picked to order.
The Sierra Oro Farm Trail Map
features many of the above-mentioned
farms, ranches and vineyards. The
maps are available from the Butte
County communities’ Chambers of
Commerce or call 530-566-9849.

Oro Farm Trail Association to further
develop agri-tourism in Butte County.
The Farm Trail destinations include
more than 20 specialty farms/shops
and 13 wineries. A Farm Trail Map
gives directions to each participating
destination and also highlights local
tourist attractions, historic landmarks,
hotels and fine dining. In addition to a
hard copy of the map, visitors can plan
their own tour, get the current tour
dates & times, ticket information and
more at www.sierraoro.org, or emailing:
info@sierraoro.org.

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Hand Grown
Hand Picked
Hand Sorted

Try Your Luck

Colusa Casino
3 miles north of Colusa, Hwy.45
530-458-8844
www.colusacasino.com
Feather Falls Casino
Hwy. 70 to Ophir Rd. then east
530-533-3885
www.featherfallscasino.com
Gold Country Casino & Hotel
4020 Olive Hwy.
530-538-4560
www.gold-country-casino.com
Rolling Hills Casino
Liberal Avenue exit in Corning
530-528-3504
www.rollinghillscasino.com

October 11 & 12, 2014
Butte County farmers annually host
a weekend of wine tasting and farmfresh food sampling called the Sierra
Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend.
The Passport Weekend showcases the
wineries and farms currently on the
Farm Trail Map. Tickets for the Passport
Weekend are $30 per person and include
free tasting at all farms on the map.
All proceeds go to benefit the Sierra

The Purple Pig Blueberry Farm

These casinos have slot machines,
blackjack, bingo, and just about
anything you’d want if you’re feeling
lucky!

Available at:
Wagon Wheel Market
Olive Hwy., Oroville

Morse Farms

8 Feathervale, Oroville

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All four casinos also feature live
entertainment, and have restaurants
on-site, and Gold Country has a 24-lane
bowling alley.

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Up, Up & Away

Oroville Air Corp.
North Wilbur Road at the Afterbay
Canal • 530-370-0318

The sign on Wilbur Road reads
“Oroville Air Corp.–Spectators
Welcome.” And you can watch
model airplanes being flown most
days (weather permitting)—every
description of plane and some with
wingspans of 120 inches—even
helicoptors.
The group encourages spectators
and urges young and old to put their
own craft in the air, pointing out that
you can be piloting your own radio-

controlled airplane for less than $300.
The group meets monthly.
DWR built a 350 x 300 foot runway,
but the Wilbur site is best known
because it affords both land and water
takeoffs and landings. Oroville is one of
only two places in Northern California
where both land and water facilities
are available.

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Admire The
Murals

Oroville’s downtown has turned into
a mural mecca with over 15 murals,
and you can also find one at the Lake
Oroville Visitor’s Center.
The murals high-light Oroville’s
heritage going from the Gold Rush era
through World War II.
These murals have been created
thanks to the Downtown Business
Association. If you have ideas or

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Watch the
Trains Go By

The Depot at Western Pacific
Brewery and Dining
Oliver & High Sts.
(530) 534-9101

Where better to watch the
trains go by than in Oroville’s
original Western Pacific Railway
Station? This beautiful structure
has been lovingly restored, and a
wonderful, new, steam engine mural
has just been painted on a wall in the
entryway.
If you’re there when things aren’t
terribly busy, one of the staff members
will enjoy telling you a little of the
building’s history, and we love the
regular passing of the trains.
Whenever you go, we suggest that
you stay for one of their beers. They’re
winning ribbons at competitions and
at fairs. Our publisher LOVES their
Oatmeal Stout!

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Sharpen Your
Skills

Butte College
3536 Butte Campus Drive
(Off Durham-Pentz Rd)

Oroville, CA 95965-8399
530-895-2511 • www.butte.edu
Butte College offers a quality
education where students can earn
Associate of Arts and Sciences degrees,
transfer, certificate, career and
technical programs, English as a second
language, workforce training and adult
non-credit classes.
Resting on 928 acres,
the college has the largest
campus in the state, and
it is the only campus
designated as a wildlife
refuge.
If you’re starting your
college career or thinking
about a better job, Butte College offers

an affordable, quality education with
flexible day and night classes. With
over 100 degree, transfer and certificate
programs­—there’s something for
everyone. Students save thousands
when they take their
general education classes at Butte
College and transfer the units to a
university. Alumni have successfully
transferred to prestigious campuses
such as UC Davis, UC Berkeley, USC,
UCLA, and Stanford, among others.
Financial aid is available for those
who qualify, and two out of three
students receive financial aid, grants, or
scholarships. Personalized tours can be
arranged by phoning them or visiting
their website.

• Same quality education found at a four-year college!
• Financial aid is available for students who qualify
• Local employers hire Butte College graduates

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California Historic Landmark
“The Last Yahi Indian”
Oro-Quincy Hwy. & Oak Street
Ishi Mural
Downtown on Robinson St.,
between Lincoln & Huntoon
Film & additional information
available at The Lake Oroville
Visitor’s Center • 530-538-2219

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The Last Yahi

Kathleen Allan Meyer and Ishi in Two
Worlds by Theodora Kroeber. In 1992,
“The Last of His Tribe” starring Graham
Greene as Ishi was filmed in the area.
The movie was aired on HBO and is now
in video stores.

In 1911, an Indian about 50 years
of age wandered into the outskirts of
Oroville. An anthropologist from the
University of California at Berkeley
came here and took the man, whom he
named Ishi, back to the university and
was amazed to learn that Ishi spoke a
language thought to have been extinct.
Ishi worked at the school both as a
janitor and as a teacher of his culture
until his death in 1916.
The monument was designed and
built by the McInturf family of Oroville
and is constructed of fieldstone
rocks gathered from the Deer Creek
Canyon area where Ishi lived before
his family died, and he found his
way to Oroville. The Rotary Club
has recently added picnic tables and
landscaping to the area surrounding the
monument, making it a pleasant spot to
contemplate our land of many cultures.
Books about Ishi include Ishi,
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Laugh, Cry
& Applaud

Birdcage Theatre & Hocks Unlimited
1740 Bird Street
530-533-BIRD,
www.birdcagetheatre.net
It’s hard for us to believe that so
much talent landed in one spot, but time
and time again, we’re overwhelmed by
the professional quality of productions
that are staged here.
The Birdcage season begins in
September, and nearly
every month sees a new

production. Hocks Unlimited presents
their annual melodrama every July
and features popcorn, beverages, and
unlimited laughs.

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29

Former
Steamers

Hewitt Park Steam Engines
Between Baldwin & Park Ave.,
access on Daryl Porter
Locomotive buffs will enjoy these
two old steam engines. Railroads were
an important part of Oroville’s history
since the lumber industry played a
dominant role in the local economy and
depended heavily on the railroads.
The Shay engine located on the Park
Avenue side originally belonged to the
Hutchinson Lumber Co., purchased to
operate on its private 20-mile logging
railroad in the foothills east of here.
Both engines represent an important
part of Oroville history.

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Fishing or Bird
Watching

Oroville State Wildlife Area

Headquarters: 945 Oro Dam Blvd. W.
Entrances off of Oro Dam Blvd. W.,

Hwy 70, Pacific Heights Rd,

the ponds and the afterbay area, and
salmon, steelhead, and shad can be
caught in the river, twelve miles of
which wanders through the Borrow
Area section. Canoes or car-top boats
can be launched in several spots along
the river.
Some fishing restrictions are mentioned on maps available at the entry
points. There are campsites (no fees) in
the southern half of Borrow Area.
The area is also popular with
birdwatchers since it provides a yearround or seasonal home to 171 species
of birds.

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Military History,
Riverside Camping
& Paint Ball at
1 Location

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PaintBall at Surplus City
4514 Pacific Heights Rd.
530-534-9956
Dedicated to the appreciation and
preservation of last century’s military
history and memorabilia, the owners

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Maps available at Entry Points
530-538-2236

Just outside the Oroville city limits
are 11,000 acres of preserved natural
beauty with ample opportunities for
fishing enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
Egrets, beaver and river otters are
among the many animals found here.
Administered by the California
Department of Fish and
Game, the area is divided

into two units: the 4,300acre Thermalito Afterbay
with its 26 miles of shoreline
and the 5,700-acre Borrow
Area Preserve. Bass, catfish,
and crappie are found in both

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C-57 Lic. #862386

Centennial Plaza
Completed in 2007
Centennial Plaza is a
destination not to miss.
It is located within easy
walking distance of
the historic downtown
area. You can also drive
up either Lincoln Street or Huntoon
Street to the parking area to begin
enjoying the beauty of the plaza. As you
meander through the environmentally
friendly walkways, stop at each of the ten
Interpretative Panels made of porcelain
enamel steel containing historical
information which will give you a great
perspective of how Oroville began.
Incredible vistas from every location
within the plaza allow the visitor to see
the Feather River up close, the big “O” on
Table Mountain, hear the rush of water
leaving the Feather River Fish Hatchery
or just enjoy a quite-peaceful moment on
one of the many benches and grassy areas.
Native plants and trees are a delight to
see as well as the decorative trellis system
that provides balance to the plaza. The
finishing touch to your visit will be seeing
nine anatomically correct; chrome plated
bronze fish sculptures that depict a group
of salmon in natural swim formation.
Decorative night lighting makes this a
special vista.
The plaza which was designed in honor
of the City’s Centennial is part of a long
term vision for the revitalization of the
historic downtown area. It offers the
base for the many opportunities that the
bordering Feather River provides to the
community. Ultimately, the entire levee
area will connect the Fish Hatchery to
the east, and all that Bedrock Park and
Riverbend Park offer to the west. The
planned Gateway Project at Montgomery
Street & Feather River Blvd and the future
walking and bicycle paths will be a final
enhancement to the plan. The plaza is a
living memorial to be enjoyed by all who
pass thorough it and view the expansive
vistas offered. The plaza is ADA accessible.
A Proposition 40 grant of $3,000,000
and Redevelopment Agency Funds of
$300,000 helped build the plaza. The plaza
was the recipient of the 2008 American
Society of Civil Engineers, Region 9;
Riverfront Urban Transformation Project
of the year.
To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 104.

Riverbend Park

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to a Sidewinder Missile AIM-9E and an
M60 Machine Gun developed for use in
Viet Nam.
There are a number of military
wagons plus an outstanding collection
of WWII posters which were used to
boost morale, sell war bonds, and fuel
nationalism in the 1940’s.
Since you’ll need time to explore
the many items on display, you may
want to consider staying in the treeshaded Campground here that is
nestled on the banks of the Feather
River. Fishing, tubing & kayaking trips
originate here.
PaintBall is one of the nation’s
fastest growing sports, and here you’ll
find a series of fields within a master
field for scenario games, as well as for
“Speedball” and “Capture the Flag.”

32

Cool Off with
a Swim

When the valley heat becomes too
much to bear, lots of folks like to dive
into the water to cool off. Four area
facilities offer that opportunity.
Bedrock Park, a 3.75-acre area along
the Feather River, offers swimming in
the river as well as river views. Nelson
Pool is open to the public from June to
September and offers recreational swim

time daily from 9-11 a.m.
Palermo Pool is also open from
June to September with recreational
swimming hours on Monday through
Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The heated Y.M.C.A. Pool has both
classes and open swims. The pool
serves a number of populations, from
infants through therapy groups.

33

Batter Up,
Picnic, or Pitch
Some Horseshoes

Mitchell Park - Pomona & Fifth
Avenue
Nelson Park - Sixth Street & Nelson
Riverbend Park - West end of Montgomery Street
Palermo Park - 2350 Ludlum Avenue
in Palermo
Twenty-four acre Mitchell Park
features several youth baseball fields, a
baseball stadium, picnic facilities, and
Playtown USA, a theme playground—
something for almost everyone.
At Nelson Park, three lighted fields
serve the Feather River Park & Rec.
District’s softball program, and four
youth fields are used by the Thermalito
Little League. Playground equipment
and picnic tables are also provided.
Located at the West end of
Montgomery Street, the first phase of

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Riverbend Park opened in May, 2006.
Several open-air pavilions are found
throughout the park and are available
for picnicking or nature viewing. The
water play area is very popular with
kids.
Five-acre Palermo Park is the home
of the Feather River Horseshoe Club
and has 12 regulation horseshoe pits for
trying your skill.
The park also offers an old-fashioned
gazebo, covered group picnic areas,
a hardtop slab, and a tot lot with
playground equipment.
Whether you want to pitch some
horseshoes or hold a family reunion,
this park can accommodate you. The
park is also the site of the popular
Palermo Field Days each September.

34

The Sky’s
the Limit

Oroville Municipal Airport
Oro Dam Blvd. West
Two-Three Miles Past the Bridge
Rates/Reservations: 530-533-1313
Table Mountain Aviation Glider
Rates/Reservations: 530-519-1400
www.TMAGlider.com
If you think you’ve seen all there is to
see in the Oroville area, don’t be too sure
unless you’ve seen it all from the sky.
Lake Oroville is great on the ground,
but WOW, what a perspective you get
when you’re airborne. You’ll also spot
the Feather River as it winds its way
around the area.
Scenic tours by plane are available at
reasonable rates, and it’s a great way to
spend an hour or two. Gorgeous!
Table Mountain Aviation operates a
glider program offering rides piloted
by veteran pilots most Saturdays. The
flights take off from Oroville Airport
where the glider is pulled aloft by a tow
plane to as high as 5,200 feet, released
typically over Oroville Dam. From
there the glider will seek updrafts
known as thermals, staying aloft for
approximately 35 minutes or more,
providing spectacular views of the lake,
surrounding mountains and the valley.

35

12,000 Old
Tools & Still
Collecting

Bolt’s Tool Museum
End of Safford Street
103
between Oak
& Pine Streets
530-538-2528,
530-538-2415
www.boltsantiquetools.com
Opened in spring of
2006, this museum is
the fulfillment of one
man’s dream. Bud
Bolt started collecting
in 1957 as a way to
get shop students to
be more attentive. His idea was to show
the students the difference between the
unweildly old tools their grandfathers
might have used and the modern ones.
The boys did start paying more attention,
and it also sparked, in Bud, a fascination
for old tools that continues today.
All of the tools on display were
manufactured during or prior to WWII
with some going back to Roman and
Egyptian times in 400 B.C. They include
adjustable wrenches that measure from
a small pair about four inches long to
a giant 12-foot industrial wrench, and
a hand-forged set of sockets made by a
blacksmith and discovered by Bud in a
junk store in Kalispell, Montana.

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The

Foothills
& Beyond

36

Hike to the 6th
Highest Waterfalls in U.S.A.

Feather Falls • Plumas National
Forest • 530-534-6500
Olive Hwy. east to Forbestown Rd.,
north on Lumpkin Rd.

To view this magnificent 640 foot
waterfall, you’ll need about four hours of
time since it’s a seven-mile, round-trip
hike, but we bet you’ll remember the
breathtaking view for months to come.
Markers appear every half mile to
show distance traveled, and hikers
are cautioned to take along plenty of
drinking water and to wear adequate
footwear for the hike.
There are two trails—a moderate
and a strenuous one. Both feature
magnificent scenery. Many enjoy taking
a picnic lunch to enjoy leisurely.
Be cautioned that on the strenuous
trail, the last mile on the way back to
the trailhead is uphill, so allow plenty of
time to complete the hike before dark.

37

Climb a Rock
With a View

Bald Rock • Plumas National Forest
530-534-6500
Hwy. 162 North to Berry Creek,
right on Bald Rock Rd.
Turn left downhill into well-signed
parking area

It’s only a quarter-mile hike from
the parking area to the huge Bald Rock
formations. The spectacular view of the
Sacramento Valley and coastal ranges
make it a hike worth taking.
There are many unique formations
atop Bald Rock, and outstanding views
in every direction.
The Maidu have a legend of a monster
called Uino who protects the middle fork
of the Feather River from his dwelling
atop Bald Rock.
We commend his choice of vistas.

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Feather River Canyon

38

Springtime’s
Glory

Table Mountain
Table Mtn. Blvd. to Cherokee Rd.,
to the mountaintop
If you haven’t been to the top of Table
Mountain in the Spring, you’ve missed a
sight that folks travel from afar to view-the wildflowers in bloom.
You’ll see them in multiple sizes and
many shades of yellow, pink, and white
along with the striking bluish-purple
lupines and brilliant golden poppies.
You may also see people flying kites.
If you park your car and hike, please
walk only in designated areas. For the
very hearty, there are many hidden
surprises, including beautiful waterfalls.
For a guide to recognizing and
learning about the wildflowers, buy a
copy of Wildflowers of Table Mountain
- Butte County, California by Samantha
Mackey and Albin Bills, illustrated by
Larry Jansen. The book can be found in
some Chamber of Commerce offices or
by ordering from: Biological Sciences
Herbarium, CSU, Chico, CA, 95929-0515
or call 530-898-5381.

39

Early Pioneer
Towns & Fun
Sights

Cherokee
Table Mtn. Blvd. to Cherokee Road
Museum: 530-533-1849
School: 530-533-3402
Oregon City
Table Mtn. Blvd. to Cherokee Rd.,
follow “Bridge” signs
School Tours: 533-9418, 533-4715
Settled in 1853 by a school teacher
and his Cherokee Indian students from
what is now the state of Oklahoma,
Cherokee boomed from 1870-1886.
In 1881, a mining company was
operating 24 hours a day, seven days
a week. It employed 200 men using
40 million gallons of water daily with
hydraulic monitors to mine the Table
Mountain bluffs. Investors here included
such names as Vanderbilt.
In the late 1800’s hydraulic mining
was outlawed due to the environmental

damage it caused.
Cherokee Museum
More than 200
diamonds of
commerical quality
were also found here.
The Calif. Historic
Landmark plaque
says that Oregon City
was settled in 1848 by
a party of Oregonians
captained by Peter
H. Burnett (who
later became the
first civil governor of
Calif.) and prospered
which is maintained by the Butte County
as a gold mining
Historical Society, and houses a small
community.
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Lake
Oroville

In 1984, the community, led by Clay
Castleberry, built a covered bridge,
which was automatically authenticated
by the National Society for the
Preservation of Covered Bridges because
of its true detail of a period design,
complete with wooden trusses.

40

Frenchman
Lake

Bridges, Tunnels
& Breathtaking
Views

Feather River Canyon National
Scenic Byway 530-534-6500
Hwy. 70 to Belden Town & Beyond
Dedicated in October, 1998, this
130-mile drive beginning in Oroville
offers spectacular views of the Feather
River Canyon. With much of it carved
out of solid granite and rock cliffs and
completed in 1935, the Feather River
highway features miles of roadway that
crisscross the north fork of the Feather
River and several tributary streams as it
winds through Plumas National Forest.
A spectacular drive for scenery
during any season, we especially enjoy
it in Spring with nearly 100 waterfalls

flowing and 1000s of wildflowers
and in the Fall for Autumn color.
The steel arch bridge located about
30 miles north of Oroville is one of
the wonders of construction on this
breathtaking drive. The 680 foot long
structure is 200 feet above the river
and 170 feet above the Western Pacific
Railroad bridge below. The bridge is
unique in that it not only curves as it
crosses the river, but is also banked,
creating a span that both curves and
twists at about a five-degree angle.
Along the drive, you’ll see several
PG&E hydroelectric facilities, and will
travel through three tunnels; the third
and longest is 1,187 feet and has viewing
windows on the north side. The tunnels
were a WPA project, with some of the
rock removed from inside the tunnels
used in the stone guardrails seen
throughout the drive.
Also, of note if you’re interested in
rock climbing is Grizzly Dome, where
folks scale the vertical rock, near one of
the tunnels.

41

It’s the Berries!

Berry Creek is a small foothill
community 18 miles east of Oroville
named for Henry Berry, an early pioneer
settler, but the wild blackberries growing
throughout the area have put Berry
Creek on the map.
Berry Creek hospitality ranges from 2
stores, 3 churches, 1 gas station, a post
office and a school to an annual Berry
Festival which takes place on the second
Saturday in August.
The Festival, which started more than
ten years ago as a community activity,
now brings visitors from all over the
state.

42

A Hideout of
Black Bart’s

Mountain House
9 miles north of Berry Creek on
Oro-Quincy Hwy.
About nine miles north of the Bald

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Rock turnoff, you will pass an old, gray,
two-story building. This is Mountain
House, an old stage coach stop, which
is the only one left of the four that were
on this stretch between Oroville and
Quincy.
The Register of Historic California
Businesses has given a certificate to
Mountain House, verifying its operation
in 1849. The robber, Black Bart, is said
to have used the basement as a hideout.

43

Emeralds
Among The
Pines

Little Grass Valley Lake, a 1,615
surface-acre lake, sits at 5,040 feet
elevation and has several forested
campgrounds with over 300 campsites,
plus three paved launch ramps.
Rainbow, brook, and brown trout
fishing is good at both lakes, and
swimming, picnicking, hiking and gold
panning are all enjoyed

44

Mile-High
Adventures

Bucks Lake
Hwy 70 via Quincy or
Oro-Quincy Rd. via Berry Creek
Sly Creek Reservoir & Little Grass
If you follow the Oro-Quincy Rd. on
Valley Lake; Plumas National Forest
the
old Wells Fargo Stage route, which
530-675-1146 or 530-534-6500
takes
you through Berry Creek, you’ll
Sly Creek is 14 miles south of
reach Bucks Lake, which is just plain
La Porte on La Porte Rd.
Little Grass Valley Lake is
beautiful any time of the year.
2 miles north of La Porte.
A mile high in the Sierra Nevada, tall
pines, a crystal
clear lake, and
Rafters in Feather River Canyon
clean mountain
air are a few of
the assets of this
area. You can
fish, swim, and
boat during the
summer, and enjoy
snowmobiling
and cross country
skiing in winter.
In the Spring,
the wildflowers are
magnificent, and
hunters prefer the
area in the Fall.
But our favorite time is in the summer
After driving only 45 minutes from
when the Valley heat is hovering near
Oroville, we were awestruck to discover
100. We don’t fish, swim, or boat. We
Sly Creek Reservoir, a beautiful,
just enjoy the air.
emerald-hued, 562 surface-acre lake,
resting among the pines at 3,500 feet
elevation.
Two campgrounds with less than fifty
total campsites serve Sly Creek, one with
stunning views of the lake, and the other
Gold Trader Flat & Yuba-Feather
(Strawberry) nestled in the forest where
Historical Museum
we could hear the creek flowing only a
19096 New York Flat Rd.,
few feet from our campsite. We couldn’t
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decide which campground we liked best.
530-675-2508 or 675-1025
Noon-4 p.m. Weekends from
Both have their charms. Open to small
Memorial Day-Labor Day, Free
boats, Sly Creek has one paved launch
www.YFHmuseum.org
ramp and one cartop launch.

45

Indoor-Outdoor Museum

This unique and entertaining
museum with adjoining picnic area is a
scenic half hour drive from Oroville and
is dedicated to preserving the history
of eastern Butte and northern Yuba
County.
Exhibits, include pioneer snowshoes
for humans and horses, giant saw blades,
Maidu and Chinese artifacts, mining
implements, and a working print shop.
Not to be missed is a replica of an
1870’s gold-mining town called Gold
Trader Flat. Stroll along the boardwalk
to see the post office, saloon, barber
shop, blacksmith shop, general store,
jail, a miner’s cabin, Maidu camp,
chapel, and old schoolhouse replicas.
The museum hosts “living history” days.

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Taste the Wines

The romantic ambiance of Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyard is open for tasting the first weekend of the month April – October from
Noon to 5 p.m.

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1. Bangor Ranch Vineyard
5768 La Porte Rd.
Bangor, CA 95914
510-658-2056
Hrs: 1st & 3rd Sat. Noon to 5
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2. Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyard
3363 Hegan Lane
Chico, CA 95928
530-343-8014
Hrs: First weekend each mth.
April – Oct from Noon to 5
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3. Dog Creek Cellars

5. Grey Fox Vineyards

4. Gale Vineyards

6. Hickman Family Vineyards

9975 Garden Creek Rd.
Durham, CA 95938
530-345-3714
Hrs: 1st. Sun. Noon to 5
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9345 Stanford Lane
Durham, CA 95938
530-891-1264
Hrs: By Appointment
galevineyards.com

90 Grey Fox Lane,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-3920
Hrs: Sat. & Sun., Noon-5
greyfox.net
77 Orange Ave.
Bangor, CA 95914
530-679-0679
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10. New Clairvaux Vineyard

8. La Rocca Vineyards

11. Odyssey Winery

2309 Park Ave.
Chico, CA 95928
530-345-6405
Hrs: Mon. - Fri. 9 - 5
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12. Purple Line Urban Winery

26240 7th St.
Vina, CA
Daily 11am-5pm
530-839-2200
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Tasting Room
222 W. Second St.
Chico, CA 95926
800-808-9463
Hrs: W–F 1:30-8, S 12-8,
Sun.1:30-6
laroccavineyards.com

760 Safford St.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-534-1785
Hrs. Wed. 2-8, Th-S 12-7,
Sun. 12-5
purplelinewinery.com

13. Quilici Vineyards

6237 Cohasset Rd.
Chico, CA 95973
Sat. 1-6pm, May-Dec. only
530-891-9463

72 Quail Hill Place,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-5088
Hrs: By Appointment
quilicivineyards.com

9. Long Creek Winery

323 Ward Blvd.,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-3415
Hrs: Sat. & Sun. Noon to 5
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7. Honey Run Winery

Experience the inviting patio and tasting room at Grey Fox Vineyards.

Your Guide to the North Valley’s Fine Wines
Bangor Ranch Vineyard & Winery,
with its stone walls and walkways, is
located in the southern Butte County
town of Bangor, surrounded by rolling
hills and oak woodlands. The ranch
was acquired by Gary Paul Fox in
2010 with a goal and commitment
to producing the highest quality
handcrafted wines and olive oils. The
vineyard is planted with Nebbiolo and
Mourvedre vines, with Dolcetto to
follow soon. Wines available for tasting
are the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, 2005 Syrah Reserve Santa
Barbara and 2012 Bianco featuring
Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
and Symphony grapes. Upcoming
releases will include 2012 Barbera

and Sangiovese, and a 2013 Barbera
Rosato. Also try the Extra Virgin Olive
Oil made from the ancient Mission
olive trees on the property. Open 1st
and 3rd weekends each month.
Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards
offers wines made from organic grapes
and pride themselves on attention to
detail, which small case production
allows. Our tasting room is located just
minutes from downtown Chico, yet
you will feel like you are miles away.
We are open the first weekend of the
month April – October from Noon to 5
pm. Visit www.BertagnaWine.com for
more information. Our wines are also
found in many Chico stores, including
Maisie Jane’s, Chico Natural Foods, S

HONEYRUN
WINE

Since 1992

* No Sulfites Added *

Mead and Fruit Honey Wine
Call ahead for Tastings
M - F 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
2309 Park Ave., Chico, CA

Widely available in Chico, Paradise & Oroville
And in stores throughout California
(530) 345-6405 • honeyrun.com for more states

& S Produce, Safeway, Costco, BevMo,
Savemart and Raley’s. Ask for a glass at
your favorite restaurant.
Dog Creek Cellars’ wines are
produced in the more labor intense
organic way. Neal and Judy Cline made
their commitment to certified organic
farming in the interest of healthy
living and offer some wonderful tasting
opportunities for you to sample their
work. The three acres of Pinot Grigio,
Sangiovese, and Zinfandel benefit
from Neal’s viticulture and enology
education at U.C. Davis.  From those
grapes Neal also crafts a Rose’vese
and a White Zinfandel and the entire
operation is 100% solar powered. Judy
has added weddings and events to their
offerings at the winery and Trix and
Gustav, the Dog Creek dogs, are always
there upon your arrival to greet and
entertain you. The winery is open for
tastings the 1st Sunday of each month
from 12:00 noon till 5:00 p.m. Private
tastings are available by appointment.
Dog Creek Cellars is on the web
at www.dogcreekcellars.com
Gale Vineyards is a boutique winery
made of rice straw bale construction
with local sycamore wood. Tastings
are by appointment. The winery
features two areas for weddings and
receptions with a koi pond with
waterfalls. There is a patio and outdoor
bar facility, along with bathrooms,
kitchen facilities, and a bride’s room
with bath.

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Grey Fox Vineyards began in
late 1996 when the Arrigoni and
Cecchi families purchased bare land
in the Sierra foothills of Oroville.
Sangiovese, Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel,
Viognier, Muscat and Dolcetto were
planted and an underground winery
was built. Recently a beautiful
window-lined tasting room was added
to frame the fabulous views of the
vines, the valley and the Sutter Buttes.
A live oak shaded picnic area on the
vineyard is a wonderful place to relax
and enjoy the wine and views. The
tasting room is open on weekends
from noon til 5 p.m. In addition to
the above varietals, they also make a
selection of port dessert wines.
Hickman Family Vineyards is a
boutique winery nestled in the Sierra
Nevada foothills at 900 ft. elevation,
near Oroville. The Mediterranean
climate combined with the mineralrich soil, create an ideal environment
for our estate grown varietals.
Cooler climate varietals are sourced
from select hand-tended vineyards
throughout the North State. We strive
to make hand-crafted wines produced
in a conscientious and sustainable
manner, firmly
believing in the concept
of terrior.
HoneyRun
Honeywines are made
from berry juice and
honey, with No Sulfites
or preservatives added
(no grapes either).
First crafted near
Chico’s covered
bridge, the winery
is now on Park
Ave. Visit them
on the weekdays
for a taste of their
true Mead and
delightful, social
style Blackberry,
Cherry,
Elderberry,
Cranberry
Honeywine.
Open M-F 9-4
(occasionally Sat.)
It’s a good idea to
call ahead.

Kate, and winemaker, George Barber welcome you to the tasting room
at Purple Line Urban Winery.

Wine Tasting & Tours

530-589-3920

greyfox.net

Voted Oroville’s Best Winery ‘08 - ‘10
Saturday & Sunday Noon-5pm

· Serene Picnic Area · Gift Shop & Speciality Items
· Wine Club & Special Events · Beautiful Valley Views
From Hwy 70 take Oroville Dam Blvd. East, turn right, on Olive Hwy, turn right on
Oakvale (just past the casino) and follow the signs to 90 Grey Fox Lane.

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From our majestic winery on Doe
Mill Ridge to the luxury of downtown
Chico: NOW OPEN our new Tasting
Room at 222 W. 2nd street in
Downtown Chico. LaRocca Vineyards
welcomes you to enjoy our award
winning, fine organic wines, with no
sulfites, in our convenient new tasting
room. Open Weds – Fridays 1:308pm, Saturdays 12-8pm and Sundays
from 1:30-6pm. Like us on Facebook
to keep up on special events and
promotions.
Long Creek Winery & Ranch; One
Winery, Two Great Wines. Long Creek
offers their signature collection of
Long Creek Wines and their newest
venture, Vaquero Brand wines. Along
with the wines served to you by our

fun and enthusiastic crew you can
sample the estate grown olive oil and
stock up on All Natural Local Baja Vaca
beef as well. Your walking tour of the
ranch includes 6 acres of vines, olive
and mandarin orchards along with the
Angus and miniature Hereford cattle.
Enjoy a glass of wine under the shade
of the beautiful oak grove bordering
the pond. Long Creek is more than
your traditional tasting room, it is
an adventure. Long Creek is open
weekends from Noon to 5 pm at 323
Ward Boulevard off Olive Highway.
Call 530-589-3415 or visit them on
the web at LongCreekWinery.com for
more information.
The Abbey of New Clairvaux is the
first Trappist-Cistercian monastery in

Winemaker Phillip LaRocca in the Forest
Ranch vineyard with his grandsons.

Tasting Room
222 W. 2nd Street • Downtown Chico
Open 5 days a week:
Wednesday–Friday 1:30pm–8pm
Saturdays 12–8pm • Sundays 1:30–6:30pm

800.808.9463 • laroccavineyards.com

More than your average tasting room...

it’s an Adventure!

Open every Saturday & Sunday
Noon to 5 pm
Shaded Picnic Area • Self-Guided Walking Tours
Special Events
All
Natural
Beef • Olive Oil
Adventurers Welcome!
323 Ward Blvd., Oroville • (530)589-3415 • LongCreekWinery.com

the Americas to grow, vinify and bottle
its own wine.  The winery is situated
on what was once Leland Stanford’s
Great Vina Ranch, reputedly the world’s
largest winery operation in the 1890s. 
The Abbey purchased the land for a new
monastery in 1955; dairy and orchard
farming served as their main source of
support in the early years.
The order has a strong agricultural
and winemaking foundation dating back
to the 12th century in Europe.  New
Clairvaux planted its first vines in 2000,
bottled its first wines in 2003, and now
produces around 7,000 cases annually.
Odyssey Winery produces awardwinning wines made from local and
estate-grown grapes. The winery
features regional art exhibits and live
Jazz events along with wine tasting,
tours, and other special celebrations.
Gourmet foods and wine accessories
are available. The tasting room can
be reserved for group functions and
corporate meetings.
Purple Line Urban Winery, a
small family-owned winery born out
of a long romance and passion for
good wine, opened its doors at the
“Warehouse Chic” 760 Stafford St.
location in Oroville on November
23rd 2013. George and Kate Barber

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share the chores of offering a unique
wine experience: Kate managing the
Purple Line tasting room and George
practicing his wine making skills in
the winery’s barrel room & cellar. The
Barbers have chosen to take advantage
of the many incredible grape varietals
grown in the North Sierra region
and hand craft them into wines using
time honored traditional methods.
Enjoy a Wednesday evening Potluck
from 6-8pm. Bring a dish to share and
enjoy with music and wine. Friday
night Dinner in the Barrel Room and
Patio catered by Bird Street un-caged
5 and 7pm seatings.  Reservations:
534-1785 limited walk in’s.  New
Menu each week. Learn more about
the Purple Line Urban Winery at:
purplelinewinery.com.
Straw House Cellars is owned and
operated by Tom and Beth Chase. The
vines were planted 11 years ago with
400 head-trimmed tempranillo vines.
Four years ago a second planting of
mourvedre vines followed, and that
planting has produced its first small
amount of fruit. The newest planting
of Grenache Noir looks to have taken
to the area well, but will require a few
growing seasons to see what it will
really bring to the table. All Spanish
varietals were chosen for the vineyard
because of the climate similarities of
Butte County and Southern Spain.
Simplicity is what Tom strives for in
his winemaking. His remarkable and
robust tempranillo can be enjoyed
in Chico at Spice Creek, Wine
Time, Grana and The Kitchen Table
restaurants.
At Quilici Vineyards Enjoy the
magnificent view of the vineyard,
valley, and the Coastal Range
Mountains, and enjoy traditionally
made award-winning red wines.
Truly a small boutique estate winery,
bottling under a 1000 cases a year.
All grapes are grown and wines are
produced, bottled and cellared at our
vineyard and winery. While you are
here, bring a picnic lunch, enjoy a
glass of estate red wine, and play a
game of bocce ball. Quilici Vineyards
is the essence of Italian hospitality.
Call 530-589-5088 to arrange a tasting
and tour. www.quilicivineyards.com.

Checking the “legs” in the Long Creek tasting room during a spring wine tour event.

Estate Grown,
Produced and Bottled
at our
Vineyard & Winery

Call Any Day

530.589.5088
for a Wine Tasting & Tour

72 Quail Hill Pl. • Oroville
www.quilicivineyards.com

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EXPERIENCE
QUILICI
WINES

Chico
CSUC & The Bidwell Legacy

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Education,
Architecture,
& Park-like
Grounds

California State University, Chico
Office of Admissions
Tours/Pre-Admission Information
West 2nd & Hazel St.
800-542-4426 • 530-898-4428
www.csuchico.edu
Bookstore: 898-5222
Box Office: 898-6333
Chico Symphony: 898-4607
Athletic Events: 898-4658
Conference Services: 898-6414
Continuing Education: 898-6105
Recreational Sports: 898-5170
Along with education, activities, and
live performances, this campus (located
adjacent to Chico’s downtown) is also
known for its beautiful grounds and its
architecture. Laxson Auditorium, along
with Kendall Hall and Trinity Hall with
its bell tower, was built of red brick in
the early 1930’s in a lovely Romanesque
style similar to that of Mediterranean
cultures. True beauties.
The new Bell Memorial Union is home

CSUC Sculpture Garden

to a huge bookstore (including clothing
and gift items in addition to the books,)
the Union Express, and the Associated
Students offices, and 12 conference
and assembly rooms, plus auditorium
seating for 1,000 people.
Meriam Library, named after Ted
Meriam, who was a former university
trustee and Chico mayor, is the largest
library north of Sacramento and serves
as a resource for all of Northern
California.
Thanks to General John Bidwell,
who was an amateur horticulturist, the
grounds of the campus contain hundreds
of varieties of trees and plants that he
introduced to the area. You’ll note, as you
walk through the campus, many huge
trees; some of these date back to when
Bidwell planted them. The plantings,
along with Big Chico Creek running
through the middle of the campus,
make it a nature lover’s dream. Spring
is especially gorgeous with the azaleas in
bloom and the creek running strong.
A tour of the grounds and buildings is
well worth taking since it is informative,
entertaining, and just plain beautiful.

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Country Comfort, Culinary Delights, Gracious Hospitality
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along with Weddings, Special Events & Retreats

Corner of Arcadian & W. 5th Ave.
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4673 Nord Hwy. • Chico • (530) 345-2955
www.coryscountryinn.com

1462 Arcadian Ave • Chico • (530) 342-2464

Elegant, historic home in Downtown Chico
Check Website for Specials Wireless Internet
Walking distance to CSUC, Bidwell Mansion & Enloe Hospital
Gourmet breakfast and Patio Dining
Weekend Wine Social Hour Recommended by Sunset Magazine

1362 Esplanade, at 4th Ave. • 530-566-0256

www.goodmanhouse.net • Email: proprietors@goodman.net

Durham
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2280 Durham-Dayton Hwy · Durham, CA 95938

530.342.5900 · www.DurhamHouseInn.com
10 minutes from Downtown Chico

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Current Exhibits

Outdoor Ecoregions

CSUC’s Gateway Science Museum —
Exploring the Natural
History of Northern California

Upcoming Exhibits

Eat Well, Play Well

This exhibit, created by Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI),
opens in the North Gallery on September 27, 2014 and runs through January
4, 2015.
What is in the food we eat? Are fruits
and vegetables important? Can everyday activities burn calories? Families,
children and school groups will find the
answers to these questions by exploring
nutrition and fitness in Eat Well, Play
Well. This highly interactive, bi-lingual
(English/Spanish) exhibit encourages
healthy living by teaching the science of
making healthy food choices and helping children and adults discover there
are many fun and interesting ways to
stay active. Visitors will discover what
an appropriate serving size looks like,
see firsthand what it takes to burn off
calories, test their flexibility and balance,
review the latest clinical research and
realize that they can reduce their risk
of disease with healthy choices that are
within their reach!
Eat Well, Play Well was made possible by a Science Education Partnership
Award (SEPA) American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Administrative

Supplement from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a
component of the National Institutes of
Health (NIH).

Modern Farming - Land, Water,
People And Science

This interactive exhibit of north state
agriculture highlights regional production and practices, agricultural science
and the agricultural community. The
exhibit opens in the Newberry Gallery on
September 27, 2014 and runs through
January 4, 2015. This is a new exhibit
produced by the Gateway Science Museum in collaboration with Gyroscope,
Inc. and Group Delphi. Content expertise
is provided by the Chico State College
of Agriculture, our county agricultural
boards, and numerous local farmers and
ranchers. This exhibit is made possible
through generous gifts provided by our
founding members and donors.

Agricultural Landscapes Of The
Sacramento Valley

This stunning display of quiet and
pastoral images captured by photographer Anthony Dunn opens in the James
W. Cornyn Valley Gallery on September
27, 2014 and runs through January 4,
2015.

Five distinct eco-regions surround
the museum.
Paleo Flora Area: The terms “paleo
flora” refer to the plant species that
evolved in the earlier phases of plant
history. The large, compound leaves and
rotund trunks of cycad plants are located
in this area, as well as two beautiful
gingko trees that border the museum’s
parking lot. Also included in the paleo
flora area are palms, ferns, aloes, cannas,
and restios.
Riparian Zone: Located behind the
amphitheater is a collection of trees,
shrubs, flowering plants, and grasses
similar to those found along the rivers of Northern California. Many of the
plants found in this area were once used
by Native Americans in the region. For
example, the red bud trees were used to
make baskets and the orange pigment
from the white alder trees were used to
paint their bodies and faces for the Native Americans’ salmon ceremonies.
Buffer Zone: The plantings found
in the buffer zone illustrate the passing of scientific knowledge throughout
history. The plant species represented in
this zone were once introduced by the
settlers of the region—from the Native
Americans to the Bidwells—and exist to
this day.
Delta Region: Resisting the sweet,
edible berries found in the Delta Region
may be difficult for people and pollinators alike. The same sycamore trees that
were once used by Native Americans to
make a medicinal tea thought to be good
for asthma exist in this area that depicts
the Bay Area of Northern California.
Northern Lower Mountain Region:
The lower elevation forests of Northern
California and the headwaters of the Sacramento River are depicted in this ecoregion. A mixture of trees such as Douglas
fir, Sequoia, ponderosa pine, and incense
cedars populate this region along with
unique ancient shrubs, fragrant foliage,
and distinct grasses.
The museum is located at 625 Esplanade
(next to Bidwell Mansion). Their hours are
Wednesday-Friday Noon-5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Their phone
number is 530-898-4121.

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Bidwell Mansion

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Begin at the
Beginning

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

525 Esplanade • 530-895-6144
Sat.-Sun. 11-4, Mon. 12-4

Born in 1819, John Bidwell led the
first overland expedition to California
when he was 22. When he struck gold
on the Feather River near Oroville,
he bought 26,000 acres beside Chico
Creek, and in 1860 founded Chico. In
1868, after having served two years as a
Washington congressman, he and Annie
Kennedy were married with President
Johnson attending.

The Bidwells entertained prominent
Americans, including Susan B. Anthony
and John Muir, until Bidwell died in
1900 and Annie in 1918.
In 1887 Bidwell donated the land
for the state teacher’s college that later
became CSUC; and Bidwell Park, about a
mile east of the mansion, was donated to
the city by Annie in 1905.
The three-story mansion is furnished
with Victorian pieces, many having
belonged to the Bidwells. The carriage
house stores four of Bidwell’s carriages.
The mansion is home to many annual
events including a Christmas Open
House each December.
Next to the mansion is a visitor
center offering displays, a gift shop, and

a 25-minute movie of this generous,
progressive couple.

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One of U.S.A.’s
Largest City
Parks

Bidwell Park • 530-896-7800
4th Street and Cypress Avenue
www.chico.ca.us (click Park Dept.)
Bidwell Park Map on page 88
Donated to the city by Annie Bidwell
in 1905 were the original 2,238 acres,
and in 1995 the city purchased and added
an additional 1,380 acres, making it the
third largest urban park in our nation.
As per Bidwell’s designation, no alcohol,
or hunting is allowed.

John & Annie Bidwell mural

has never been so affordable.

Soon the Bidwells moved to Chico
and worked in many causes including
Indian education and women’s
suffrage. Mr. Bidwell was also an
amateur horticulturist, and planted
many varieties of trees and shrubs on
his vast land holdings and around the
community.

Enjoy our complimentary full hot
breakfast buffet, evening reception,
wifi and so much more.

Ask about our Romance
and Sierra Nevada packages!

2035 Business Lane · Chico, California 95928
530.899.9090 800.870.7848

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Upper Bidwell Park

These over 3,600 acres offer
picnicking, swimming, equestrian and
bicycling trails, golf, archery, pistol
ranges, playgrounds, baseball/softball
fields, and organized recreational
activities year round. It was seen
nationally in 1937 when the original
Adventures of Robin
Hood was filmed among
the towering oaks and
sycamores. The park
CALIFORNIA has been designated as
WATCHABLE an official California
W I L D L I F E Watchable Wildlife site.
Because of its large size, the park
is divided into two sections: Upper
Bidwell Park is a wilderness section
along both sides of Big Chico Creek
Canyon. It contains more than 35
miles of hiking trails, 25 of which are
open to equestrians and bikers. The

canyon of Big
Chico Creek
has many
beautiful
swimming
holes. The
two major
trails are
North Rim
and South
Rim.
North
Rim Trail (for
hiking, biking,
and horseback
riding) starts
at Wildwood
Avenue, close to the entrance to Upper
Park. Beautiful vistas are the reward for
this sometimes steep trail. South Rim
Trail is used less and is pretty rugged. It
begins where Centennial Avenue deadends
into Chico Canyon Road and runs above
Bidwell Golf Course and into the newly
acquired south side of the canyon.
Upper Bidwell Park also contains
Hooker Oak Recreation Area (this
part of Upper Park was originally called
Middle Park), three softball diamonds,
playgrounds, and picnic areas. You
might view some kite flyers here. To
get to Hooker Oak, take Vallombrosa
Avenue, turn left on Manzanita Avenue–
–you’ll spot it on the right. Five-Mile
Dam Recreation Area includes a large
natural swimming hole plus good picnic
spots with tables and grills. To find
it, take Vallombrosa to the end, turn

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right on Manzanita, and then left on
Centennial—the recreation area is on
the left. The Horseshoe Lake area is a
great area for fishing and is the site of
the annual Fishing Derby.
Lower Bidwell Park is about a fourmile long area following Big Chico
Creek from downtown to Manzanita
Avenue with footpaths and bicycle paths
that run through shady oak groves.
The One-Mile Dam Recreation Area
includes Sycamore Pool, a softball field,
horseshoe pits, and picnic areas with
grills. Very near downtown, it can be
entered from Fourth or Fifth Streets.
Just next to the One-Mile playing field is
Caper Acres, an imaginative fairy-tale
themed playground featuring just about
everything to keep small children busy.
(My favorite is the castle, but I think the
treehouse thingy is more popular with
the youngsters.)
Cedar Grove, entrance off East Eighth
Avenue, is lovely year-round with its
gorgeous cedar trees and is the home of
the Shakespeare in the Park productions
each Summer. Chico Creek Nature
Center is also located in Lower Park, and
we think deserving of its own listing in
“101 Things to Do.” Please see item 71
to learn about it.
Detailed park maps are available for
the asking at the Chico Visitor Center,
corner of Main and 5th Streets.

Stansbury Home

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Step Into
Another Era

2013 Trip
Advisor
Certificate of
Excellence

Stansbury Home
307 West 5th St. • 530-891-0585
Special Tours: 530-343-6611
Sat & Sun 1-4 • Adults $4;
Students $2, Under 10 Free

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Built by Dr. & Mrs. Oscar Stansbury
in 1883, this home was designed in the
Italianate Victorian style and is listed
on the National Register of Historic
Places. It is one of the most original
and unaltered homes in California.
Because family members lived here
until 1974, it contains many of the
family’s original pieces.
Visiting here is a step into another era.

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Ballerinas,
Saxes, Comedy
& Drama

Blue Room Theatre
139 West First St. (upstairs)
530-895-3749
www.blueroomtheatre.com
Chico Theatre Company
166 Eaton Rd.
530-894-2CTC • Thurs.-Sat.
www.chicotheatercompany.com
Rogue Theatre@1078 Gallery
820 Broadway
530-343-1973 • Thurs.-Sat.
www.chicorogue.com
Laxson Auditorium’s Performances
Office: Second & Chestnut Streets
530-898-6333 • Mon.-Fri.,10-4
www.chicoperformances.com
Blue Room Theatre offers theatrical
works for children, young adults, and
adult audiences. They’ve done extensive
upgrading. Increased seating capacity,
enhanced sound and visual presentation,
a three-quarter thrust style stage, and a
new color scheme have added greatly to
the ambiance.
Chico Theatre Company opened in
2003 in the 244-seat former Eaton Road
Opera House location and has staged
nearly 700 performances since opening,
and has earned the great reputation it
now holds. The theatre includes nine
shows a year ranging from classics to
new shows, both musical and nonmusical.
Laxson Auditorium celebrated her
80th birthday in 2011. Always a grand
architectural treasure of Romanesque
style (can’t imagine the campus
without that building just as it’s sat
from the beginning), its national and
international entertainment offerings
seem to only get better every year!

2014 - 2015 Season Performances
JANUARY

SEPTEMBER
Paula Poundstone

1/16

Mavis Staples

9/12

Funkadesi

1/21

Tango Buenos Aires

9/13

Chico World Music Festival

1/31

The Hot Club of San Francisco

9/16

The National Acrobats of
the People’s Republic of
China

2/2

Garrison Keillor

9/25

Alice in Wonderland JR.

2/7

9/28

Alpin Hong, Piano

Russian National
Ballet Theatre

9/5

OCTOBER
10/2

The Lone Bellow

10/4

Rosanne Cash

10/9

Branford Marsalis with the
Chamber Orchestra of
Philadelphia

FEBRUARY

2/18

Zap Mama & Antibalas

2/19

Storm Large

2/24

Reyna Grande:
The Distance Between Us

MARCH
3/7

The Intergalactic Nemesis

10/19

The Hot Sardines

3/10

Cirque Mechanics

10/28

MUMMENSCHANZ

3/15

Orquesta Sinfónica del
Estado de México

3/17

The Southern Troubadours
in the Round

3/22

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery

3/24

Dance in Film: All That Jazz

3/26

Spotlight Performances

3/27

Broadway Boogie

3/28

Joe Goode
Performance Group

NOVEMBER
11/9

California Guitar Trio
& Montreal Guitar Trio

11/11

Pilobolus

11/13

Whose Live Anyway?

11/15

Bill Bryson: Author

11/18

The Senegal St. Joseph
Gospel Choir

11/21

Allen Toussaint & the
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

DECEMBER
12/4-7

Nutcracker

12/11

The United States Air Force
Band of the Golden West

12/13

Mariachi Sol de México

APRIL
4/1

The Pink Floyd Experience

4/7

Buddy Guy

4/11

Arturo O’Farrill Octet

MAY
5/6

Season sponsor
5/31

Natalie MacMaster
& Donnell Leahy

Peter Pan JR.

For more information and tickets visit:

WWW.CHICOPERFORMANCES.COM
or call (530) 898-6333

All performances are at Laxson Auditorium CSU, Chico
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52

Memorabilia
to Modern

Chico Museum
141 Salem Street • 530-891-4336
www.chicomuseum.org
Hours: Wed-Sun, Noon-4 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $3; $2 (50+ &
students w/ID)
Patrick Ranch
10381 The Midway • 530-342-4359
www.patrickranchmuseum.org
www.farwestheritage.org • 892-1525
Hours: By appointment
Free Admission, donations accepted

Voted Editor’s Pick in 2013 as the
Best View of Old Chico by the Chico
News and Review, the Chico Museum’s

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• Free Breakfast •
• Free Wireless Internet •
• Fax Service Available •
• All rooms with Coffeemaker,
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current exhibit, “Chico in Black &
White: Historical Photos from the John
Nopel Collection,” offers outstanding
photographic accounts of historic Chico.
Housed in the former 1904 Carnegie
Library, the Chico Museum is located at
the corner of 2nd and Salem Streets in
downtown Chico.
The museum offers a permanent
timeline depicting the history of Chico
from 1830-2000. Changing exhibits
that appeal to all ages, showcase
regional cultural and natural history.
These exhibits are always interesting,
informative and interactive. Call for a
calendar and newsletter.
The 28-acre Patrick Ranch is Chico’s
newest historical attraction, reflecting
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• Free High Speed Internet
• Guest Laundry
• Kids 17 & Under
Stay Free
• Next to 24-Hour
Denny’s
• All Rooms with
LED Flatscreen TV
Fridge, Microwave
Coffemakers &
Hairdryers.
• Iron & Ironing Board
• Large Vehicle Parking & a Pool!

(530) 345-2533
Off Hwy 99 at Cohasset, Chico
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Toll-free Motel-direct Reservations: 1-877-345-2533

Chico Chamber of Commerce
and Visitor Center
Visit us in our beautiful location,
across the street from the
Downtown City Plaza in the
Old Municipal Building

441 Main Street, Chico
See us for your visitor, business and relocation needs!
Hours of Operation: 10-4, Monday-Friday

530.891.5556 | 800.852.8570
www.chicochamber.com

Chico Museum

the agricultural, cultural, social,
and economic history of the North
Sacramento Valley. Annual events there
include an old-fashioned Threshing Bee
& Antique Equipment Show held in
June, complete with draft horses and
vintage farm equipment. AutumnFest,
with free children’s activities, farmhouse
tours, an animal exhibit is held there
in October­—plus you can pick your own
pumpkins. The ranch has become a
popular spot for school tours, as well as
for weddings.

53

View Art
Glass- Making
at Its Finest

Orient & Flume Art Glass
2161 Park Ave.
530-893-0373
www.orientandflume.com
Satava Art Glass Studio
819 Wall St.
530-345-7985
www.satava.com

Internationally known, Orient
& Flume creates intricate, threedimensional designs encased in
clear glass for which the studio is
now famous. Their works are in the
permanent collections of the Chrysler
Museum, Corning Glass Museum, the
Metropolitan, and the Smithsonian.
The showroom is open Mon.-Sat., 10-5
p.m.
Richard Satava opened his studio
in 1977 using ancient techniques to
create beautiful art glass by combining
technical skill and delicate artistry.
Vivid colors and unique nature themes
are his trade-mark. Passion is visible in

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Honey Run Quilters
2418 Cohasset • 530-342-5464
The Rabbit Hole Quilting &
Fabrics
2607 Esplanade • 530-345-5015
String Bead
Almond Orchard Plaza on
Pillsbury Road • 530-894-BEAD
www.stringbead.com
There are lots of ways to
be creative, even if you think
you aren’t! Knitting, quilting,
creating ceramics, and beading
are choices in which many
people find that they do have
a creative bone or two in their
body.

for those, unless you have a group of five
or more.
At Honey Run Quilters, you’ll find
many fabrics as well as books and
notions. And they even offer classes for
beginners through advanced, so there’s
no excuse not to create a quilt. This
shop was designated as one of the top
ten quilt shops in North America and
was featured in the Fall ‘09 issue of Quilt
Sampler magazine, published by Better
Homes and Gardens.
The Rabbit Hole opened in 2004, and
this mother and daughter team chose
the name for their business because
mom always called her children her
rabbits. They specialize in beginning
quilters, and they are proud of their

Rick Satava

his creations.
Satava’s interesting studio is open
Tuesday - Saturday, 9-4. Glass blowing
demonstrations are sometimes
available, please call ahead.
The studio also carries a large variety
of works by other artists from across
the nation. This provides works for
every taste and budget.

54

Be Crafty

All Fired Up­- Ceramic Art Center
830 Broadway • 530-894-5227
www.allfiredupchico.org

Bead making at String Bead
There are a multitude of ways to
be creative at All Fired Up. There are
pottery classes for all ages. If you are
interested in a class of working with wet
clay you do need to pre-register, but
classes include all materials, tools, glazes
and firing. Very popular currently are
the kids’ pottery painting, which are easy
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wide variety of colorful
fabrics.
For a unique
experience, stop in
String Bead and view
thousands of beads of
every size, shape,
and color.
You’ll see
some collector’s
items. Note especially the
handmade lampworked glass
beads.
You’ll find glass, wood,
bone, metalized, horn,
precious and semi-precious
stones, and seed beads from
which to choose.

They have a fully operational jewelry
fabrication and glass beadmaking shop.Classes are
offered, and the best thing
is that you can spend as little
as 50 cents or as much as
$50 while creating earrings,
necklaces, anklets, bracelets, and
barrettes. So, why not bead it up!

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Soc’ It To ‘Em!
With Sports

Chico State Athletic Events
Call 530-898-4658
Exciting men’s and women’s

Life should
be fun.

sporting events are held by Chico State
from late August through late May.
This is one of the top institutions in the
country competing at the Division II
level with nationally ranked teams in
soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball,
softball, cross country, track, and golf.
Taking in one of their over 100 home
events is affordable and fun for the
entire family!

56

America’s
Favorite Toy

National Yo-Yo Museum
Inside Bird in Hand
320 Broadway • 530-893-0545
www.nationalyoyo.org
Open 7 Days a Week
Free Admission

Awarded the most popular toy of the
20th Century, the Yo-Yo continues to
be very popular with all ages. Visit the
largest display of Yo-Yo memorabilia
in the nation. Ninety years of Yo-Yo
artifacts are on display here, and you’ll
most likely feel like you’re a kid again
just experiencing this collection.
The display includes photos,
competition awards, and Yo-Yo’s from
the 1920’s through today, as well as the
world’s largest Yo-Yo at 50 inches in
height and weighing 256 pounds.

A Chico Original since 1981
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320 Broadway - Downtown

Patch from the 1941 Yo-Yo Competition
Every year, America’s best players
wind up in Chico as the museum hosts
the National Yo-Yo Contest on the
first Saturday of October. Players earn
their way to the finals by qualifying in
nationwide contests held throughout the

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country.
This exhibit is a fascinating look at
the childhood we all have in common.
The National Yo-Yo Contest will
be held from 9-5 in City Plaza on
October 4.

57

Dream
Weavers Here

showing. Next is the National ALL
MEDIA Juried exhibition, open to
artists everywhere, working in any
2D and 3D media. Following that is a
dramatic themed show, FLORALS AND
FLOWERS, where floral arrangements
are created to accompany works of art as
collaboration. The next gallery show is
part of the center’s largest event of the

AVL Looms & Weaving School
2360 Park Ave. Ste. 9, 530-893-4915
800-626-9615 • Tours by appt.
www.avlusa.com

Established in 1976, this company
has revolutionized the world of
handweaving. Their looms are found in
over 80 countries and are recognized for
their high quality and innovative design.
Guided tours of their facility are by
appointment, and many classes are
also held here. In addition, they have
a Traveling Teacher program, and do
workshops at weaving retreats.

58

View Art for
the People

Chico Art Center
450 Orange St.
530-895-8726
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.chicoartcenter.com
email: chicoartcenter@att.net.
Chico Art Center, now in its 58th
year, is the largest art organization in
Butte County. Located in the historic
Train Depot, the center boasts classroom
facilities, a gallery, a gift shop of
members’ art, a reference library, and a
coffee shop that is in a vintage rail car.
Available at the Art Center are a
comprehensive array of classes in all
mediums, age and skill levels. The
gallery rotates shows every four to six
weeks; shows vary in subject, media
and from single artist’s retrospectives
to national/international juried shows
with cash prizes. The current list of
upcoming shows at the Chico Art
Center are: The DISCOVERY SERIES,
where two to four exceptional artists
who have never had a private show
before, have their first gallery venue

year. The OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR,
“OSAT”, is not just a gallery show,
but also include two weekends, where
the renowned artists of Chico and the
surrounding areas open their studios to
the public, allowing for tours, viewing of
their creations and live demonstrations.
Detailed guides and maps are available at
the Art Center or from the website. This
is a great family weekend and is well
attended throughout the North State
and beyond. The Community Challenge
show this year is DAY OF THE DEAD,
and will be a fun event paying homage
to the festival of the same name.
Closing out the year is the wildly
popular WINTER SALON d’ART, where

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artists fill the walls of the gallery for
a spectacular show and sale for the
holiday season.
The Art Center is active in
community outreach, participating
in and hosting numerous events
throughout the year. One being the very
successful, children’s ART IN THE PARK
summer series.
The Art Center’s website always
contains the most current information
on upcoming and ongoing events and
classes. There you can sign up for the
monthly newsletter, the Mosaic, which
will give you additional details about
the Center, as well as art related events
throughout the North Valley.

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59 Murals, Murals, on the Walls
You don’t have to be an art lover to
enjoy the many murals on the CSUC
campus and in Chico’s downtown area.
All you need is a sense of fun.
For a bit of Chico history, don’t miss
Scott Teeple’s rendering of John and
Annie Bidwell on Second Street on the
wall facing the art deco building.
Commemorating the 1937 filming
of “The Adventures of Robin Hood” in
Bidwell Park is the mural on Campus
Bikes at Main/Fourth. There you’ll find
Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest
One of the newer murals in Chico is

Chico Murals
Partial List
AicoraGems “Jewerly Box” Gallery
1334 Mangrove Ave (by Scott Teeple)
Robin Hood (by Scott Teeple)
Campus Bikes, 4th/Main Streets
The Beatles (by Gregg Payne)
Main St. between 1st & 2nd Sts.
The Bidwells (by Teeple)
Near Second & Broadway
Giacomo’s Vineyard (by Teeple) - inside
Sicilian Cafe, 1020 Main Street
New York Cityscape-inside/outside
. Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works,
2nd St. between Main & Broadway
Downtown Kaleidoscope (by
Ramirez) in park, 1st & Broadway
Racing Bicyclists (by Teeple)
Ninth & Main Streets
Under the Sea (by Lauri Chiodini)-inside
In Motion Fitness
1293 E. First Avenue
Pony Express (by Crane)
Broadway near 5th Street
Municipal Center Art Walls-inside
411 Main Street
Salem Street Art Walls (by
Dayton Claudio) 3rd & Salem
Fake Windows (by Teeple)
Collier’s, 105 Broadway
Victorian Homes
Mid Valley parking lot, 6th/Main
Nature Scenes (by Gregg Payne)
On bridge supports throughout
Bidwell Park

Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works Mural

Cafe because
Giacomo’s (James’)
grandparents
immigrated to
America from Sicily
in the 1950’s, and
many of the recipes
still used in the
restaurant are theirs.
The mural serves as a
warm tribute to their
heritage.
There’s more, and
they’re all fun to view.
Pick up a map at the

Languages, which is on Mid
Valley Title’s parking lot wall at
Sixth and Main. It features six
Victorian homes.
If you have children, be sure
and checkout the murals inside
the kids section at In Motion
Fitness. They give an awesome
vision of life Under the Sea.
Sicilian Cafe Mural
We’re especially fond
of the double-header New
Visitor Center at Fifth and Main.
York cityscapes inside and outside at
Then go on your own mural treasure
Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works, and
hunt
and choose your favorite!
one that tugs at our heartstrings is
Giacomo’s Vineyard inside the Sicilian
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60

Look Up & Down
& All Around
in This 140-yr.
old Chico Icon

Collier Hardware
105 Broadway • 530-342-0195

a buggy whip. They stopped carrying
those in the late 80’s!

So, who needs an excuse—just
go and enjoy!

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62

Wheels & Balls
Go ‘Round &
‘Round

FunLand • 530-343-1601
Hwy 99 & East Park
The building was completed in
www.funlandchico.com
1871, with the upper story housing
Whether it’s done for the exercise or
the Masonic and Odd Fellows Lodges,
just
for the fun, there’s no denying that
and the ground floor housing a
roller
skating is a popular sport engaged
hardware store, along with agricultural
in
year
round in Chico.
implements, wagons, buggies, and, of
We
know
of some parents who plan
course, buggy whips. While the current
their
kids’
birthday
parties here just so
store no longer carries buggies, it does
they
can
get
a
little
extra time on skates.
have an inventory of about 70,000 items.
There
are
others
that
need to “supervise”
The current owner, Syl Lucena, has
offspring’s
batting
skills
at the batting
worked there since 1956, became
a partner in 1963, and purchased
The Garden Walk Then...
it in 1972. His three sons also
work there, along with others;
and, it has the feeling of a “real for
sure” family-owned, general store,
complete with wooden floors and
narrow aisles.
In addition to the nuts, bolts,
screws, wire, plumbing equipment,
saws, shovels, hammers and
ladders one would expect to find in
a hardware store, they also carry
kitchen appliances, pots and pans,
coffee makers, kettles, teapots,
cages here or their putting on the
cookingware, grills, garden products,
18-hole miniature golf course, which
signs (dozens of signs), clocks—well,
features a natural setting with rivers and
you get the idea.
is a challenge for both adults and kids.
But don’t go there expecting to buy
Also, it’s a great activity for a date.

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#1
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Check Out the
Garden Walk
Mall Then …
and Now

When the W. T. Grant Department
Store closed its doors in 1976, it was
purchased by local building contractor
Slater & Sons. The upstairs of the
building was converted into offices. This
was originally where Grant’s warehoused
their merchandise. The roll-up door,
which can be seen to your left as you
enter the mall on the Wall Street side,
was where merchandise was unloaded.
It was then transported via a conveyer
system (which is still there
behind the loading door).
Then the entire street level
of the mall was converted
into shops, boutiques and, of
course, Zot’s Cafe (famous for
their hot dogs). A graceful
garden-type theme was
created in the mall by the
Slaters. Garden green doors,
trim and awnings and lots

Stained Glass Skylight by
Needham Studios
of plants throughout were used. They
added the magnificent stained glass
skylights in the center atrium area.
Next time you’re inside the mall, look
up when you reach the antique store
gazebo. The skylights were custommade here in Chico by Needham Studios
(on Broadway), who are still fashioning
their stained glass.

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Chico Historic
Facts
• Chico is the oldest city name in Northern California. Originally, the Bidwells’
land was commonly referred to as “Small
Creek Ranch.” The formal Spanish translation read “Rancho Del Arroyo Chico” or
“Ranch of the little masculine canyon.” For
convenience, residents nicknamed the town
“Chico.”
• Tres Hombres (corner of First Street
and Broadway) was formerly John Bidwell’s
General Store, established in 1860.
• The Bidwells took great pride in beautifying the city. It is said that John Bidwell
rode through Chico in his carriage occasionally stopping to plant trees for future
generations to enjoy. He also shipped in
tree seeds from Europe and South America
to add to the diverse agriculture of the land
and provide a tree canopy against the summer heat.
• Ringel Park, on the site of what had at
one time been the nursery of John Bidwell,
is located between Main & Broadway on
First Street and is now a ‘relief center’ for
passengers on the Chico and Butte County
bus systems. The park was dedicated in
1981 to Eugene A. Ringel, a citizen of Chico
who was active in community and civic
activities. On the south side of First is the
Masonic Temple built in 1871.
• Children’s Park, (Broadway & First)
given to the city of Chico in 1911, was
dedicated to the children of the community
by Annie Bidwell. Near the First Street
entrance is a marker honoring the citizens
of Chico who died in World War I.
• Bidwell Memorial Church, originally
built in 1871 on the corner of Fourth Street
and Broadway, was rebuilt at the First and
Broadway location in 1909.
• The Madison Bear Garden (Second &
Salem), formerly the Lusk Home and now a
popular hangout with students, has enjoyed
an interesting history. The home was
built in 1883 by a prominent Chico lawyer.
After his death in 1909, it was passed into
the hands of the Native Daughters of the
Golden West. They sold it to Grand American Faire in 1977. Madison Bear Garden
contains hundreds and perhaps thousands
of antiques.
• Chico Railroad Depot & Art Center,
(450 Orange St.), was first built in 1892,
after the 1869 depot was pulled down. It
now serves as a small unattended station
for Amtrak. The walls hold pictures of the
two previous stations. The Art Center is
adjacent to the waiting rooms and features
exhibitions and classes.

The Garden Walk Now.
When it was finally completed and
open for business, the Garden Walk
Mall was touted as “The Gateway to
Downtown Chico.” Almost 40 years
later, and with some of the current store
owners having been there most of those
years, the Garden Walk is still a draw for
downtown shoppers because of its large
diversity shops. Always comfortably
temperature controlled and with
customer seating throughout the mall,
it makes for a nice stroll along a garden
walk … and through time.

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From Hops
to Brew

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
1075 E. 20th St. • 530-893-3520
www.sierranevada.com
Tours: M-Th, 12, 1, 2 & 4; Fri-Sat. 12,
1, 2, 3, 4 & 5; Sun. 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4.
Tour Desk: 899-4776

Gift Shop Open 10-6
Daily, except Holidays
If you’ve never
toured a brewery,
you’re missing
an interesting
and informative
experience. And this
brewery produces
award-winning beer,
some of which is
known across the
nation. We have a
beer connoisseur son
in Pennsylvania who insists on a
stop at Sierra Nevada each visit.
From beginning to end, the sights,
sounds, and fragrances of the beermaking process are quite fascinating
and educational. Of course, we’re
particularly fond of the end of the
process, but it’s all worthwhile.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was
founded in 1980 and is one of America’s
first micro-breweries. It is regarded as
the standard of quality for American
craft brewers and has won numerous
awards for its beers. In addition to its
award-winning ales and lagers, the
brewery boasts an outstanding taproom
and restaurant, as well as a large gift
shop wherein you can find a multitude
of items bearing the Sierra Nevada
label. Caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts,
mugs, glassware, towels, and various
other items are available for the Sierra
Nevada fans who visit from afar.

Bistro ◆ Bar ◆ Patio

Reinventing New American Cuisine
open Tuesday thru Saturday evening & Sunday brunch

www.redtavern.com

1250 ESPLANADE

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Happening
Places

AMF Orchard Lanes
2397 Esplanade · 530-895-3257
Bocce Ball Court at Red Tavern
1250 Esplanade · 530-894-3463
www.redtavern.com
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds &
Speedway
2337 Fair Street · 530-350-7275
Track: 530-891-6535
www.silverdollarfair.org
www.silverdollarspeedway.com
Bowling is one sport that can be done
regardless of the weather outside, and
AMF Orchard Lanes offers 38 lanes for
your bowling pleasure. The facility also

features an arcade, snack bar, and profamily shop. So, let ‘em roll and best
wishes for a “turkey!”
Relax with a cocktail on the patio
and play a round of Bocce Ball on Red
Tavern’s new court. The ancient Italian
game of Bocce is fun and easy to learn
whether you’re 3 or 103!
From the very popular, six-day Silver
Dollar Fair held each May, to antique
shows, home and garden shows, industrial
barbecues, business expos, and more,
there’s almost always something going on
at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds.
The Speedway features a wide variety
of racing action from March through
September, highlighted by the Mini Gold
Cup each March and the Gold Cup Race

Bocce Ball at the Red Tavern

of Champions in September.
The National Bullriding Championship Finals, held in September, draw
5,000 fans each day, and kids enjoy
competing in the Mutton Bustin’ &
Steer Riding events.
Any month of the year, it’s worth a
phone call to see what’s happening at
this very happening place.

Did You Know?
There’s an Internationally
Known Doll Shop just
outside of Chico.
Katherine’s Cottage
Denise Van Patten Dolls
By Appointment
530-898-9400 • 530-864-0242
www.katherinescottage.com
www.rubylane.com/shop/katherinescottage
Denise Van
Patten, the author
of The Official
Price Guide to
Dolls (Random
House) and the
writer and editor
of Doll Collecting
at About.com, has
been a dealer of
fine antique and vintage dolls since
1994. With customers in over 100
countries and in every state, she
offers one of the best selections of
dolls in the country with literally
thousands of dolls to view. Denise
also buys antique and vintage dolls.
Make an appointment today to come
by to see her doll shop beautifully
located in the foothills right outside
Chico, or to see her museum-quality
doll display of dolls from all eras,
antique to modern (groups are
welcome).
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Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

stored gorgeous tower on the block.

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Airplanes to
Anthropology

Chico Air Museum
Chico Municipal Airport
530-345-6468
www.chicoairmuseum.org
Skyway Golf Park is lighted, which
Hours: Saturdays, 10-4
helps if you’re practicing driving at
Free Admission
night. There is also a practice putting
Valene L. Smith Museum of
green, a pro shop, and six practice holes.
Anthropology
Bidwell Park Golf Course
Tuscan Ridge Golf Club opened in
Meriam
Library Complex, Rm. 180
off Wildwood Ave. near East Ave.
June 2001. You’ll have spectacular views
on
CSUC
campus
530-891-8417 • Holes: 18, Par: 71
of the Sutter Buttes when golfing here.
530-898-5397
Sunset Hills Golf Course
Their Bistro offers wine and beer. A
www.csuchico.edu/anthmuseum/
Esplanade and Garner Lane
grass practice range and lessons are also
530-342-4600 • Holes: 9, Par: 27
index.shtml
available.
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11-3
Skyway Golf Park
Free Admission, Guided Tours
1 Longest Drive, 530-899-8108
Driving Range, 6 target greens
Opened in 2005, the Chico Air MuTuscan Ridge Golf Club
seum, has both an outdoor display area
On the Skyway 7 miles from Chico
and an indoor facility. The indoor area
530-624-7006 • Holes: 18, Par: 71
features four aviation exhibits with addiwww.TuscanRidgeClub.com
The Senator
tional displays and artifacts being added.
Bidwell Park Golf Course is known
517 Main Street
Initial exhibits include Thaddeus Kerns,
for having one of Northern California’s
The Senator, built in 1928, is home to
Chico’s first pilot; the Chico Army Airfinest pro shops. It also has hitting
murals of Syrian Running Deer and a mu- field located at the airport during WWII;
cages and a lessons-only driving
ral of Chico’s Hooker Oak Tree. It’s worth
aerial fire fighting and its evolution; and
range. This popular course is less
catching an event at this performing arts
a display featuring aircraft today.
crowded in the summer when college
center (former movie theater) just to see a
The museum’s outdoor area displays
students are gone.
bit of Chico’s former “Living History.”
five historic aircraft including a LockA wide variety of events are featured
Sunset Hills is made up of par 3’s,
heed “Lodestar,” a Yakovlev-52, a Lockin this Chico landmark, including rock,
and is an ideal course for beginners or
heed P2V-7, an SP-2H air tanker and an
alternative rock, and heavy metal perforsenior citizens. If the spirit moves you
Antonov AN-2.
mances, among others.
to golf, you can go here on a whim since
In addition to being open on SaturBe sure to check out the newly rereservations are not required.
days, the museum hosts school classes.
Chico Air Show 2012 was held at the
Chico Municipal Airport. Chico was the
only city in northern California to host a
Jet team, and Chico’s next air show will
THE SHOP
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530.343.6178
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of fun for the kids, and the ever comfortin Chico
weekly sales and special events monthly. The proceeds of the shop fund
able Flightline club with food by the
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Sons of Italy, all rounded out that
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Buy & Sell fine antique & vintage dolls. See the museum-quality display of
dolls from all eras. By appt.: 100’s of antique & vintage dolls & toys.

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you needed. Antiques, Collectibles,
furniture, Decorator items, Glassware,
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2020 Park Ave., Chico, 343-3666
2745 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville 532-1272
Open 7 Days a Week
Mon-Sat 10-6 • Sun 11-5
www.thearcstore.org
A wide variety of merchandise at the best
prices. Antiques, Collectibles, Furniture,
Kitchen Ware, Books, Clothes and a whole
lot more!

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weekend of great fun and entertainment.
The show began with a Friday night twilight performance where general viewing
and an evening of catered food and
music was enjoyed at the Flightline. For
more information visit: www.chicoairshow.org or call 530-230-1652.
The Valene L. Smith Museum of
Anthropology offers exhibitions, lectures,
children’s programs and K-12 outreach.In
the spring of each year, Museum Studies
students design and install an exhibition
with a wide variety of anthropological
themes. Past exhibits include: The Artic,
Global Tourism, The Maidu, Human and
Animal Relationships, and many more.
The museum offers the World Exploration Lecture Series on the first Sunday of

the month. The museum hosts numerous
events celebrating community, culture,
and education. Check the website for the
most up-to-date information about this
exciting Chico landmark.
Fall Exhibit, September 11-October
11, 2014, Material Culture: Wearing the
Art of Chikoko
Enter the far-out and fantastic world of
Chikoko this fall at our annual studentcurated exhibit. For ten years this local
collective of artists, designers and performers have shared creations that blur
the lines between art and fashion with
the local community. See a collection of
their clothing that ranges from political
to playful at the museum.
Winter/Spring/Summer Exhibit, De-

In Motion Fitness
Keeps Growing!

What’s Coming Next:
Expanded Kids In Motion Outdoor Covered Area with HUGE 2-Story Play Structure
Outdoor Running Track and Parcourse • Outdoor Cardio and Weight Machines

cember 8, 2014—July 23, 2015, Flying
Lemurs and Mysterious Crimes: On the
Trail of Biological Anthropology
Explore themes such as the relationship between human cultures and biology, our pre-human ancestors, Neanderthal and Homo sapiens, DNA and human
populations, and the exciting field of
forensic anthropology. K-12 school tours
available.

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For Kids’ Sake

Kiwanis Chico Community
Observatory & Planetarium
Upper Bidwell Park near
Horseshoe Lake parking lot
530-879-0207, 530-513-0135
www.chicoobservatory.com
Farm Sanctuary
Hwy. 32, 19080 Newville Rd.,
Orland • 530-865-4617
Open to visitors April 1-Nov. 30
E-mail: farmsanc@farmsanctuary.org
Kids In Motion
(In Motion Fitness)
1293 E. First Ave.,
530-343-5678
www.inmotionfitness.net
KidsPark
Ross Shopping Center, 2483 Notre
Dame Blvd., 530-894-6800
www.kidspark.com
Sherwood Forest Kids Disc
Hooker Oak Rec Area
530-895-4711
Two by Two Ranch & Petting Zoo
by appt. only, 530-893-1088
www.twobytworanch.com
If they’ve learned about the natural
world at Chico Creek Nature Center,
explored the wonders of Bidwell Park,
played their way around Chico, and
they’re still full of energy, then, maybe
it’s time to try one of these.
From sunset and for the next three
hours, Kiwanis Chico Community
Observatory & Planetarium is open to
the public. Located in Bidwell Park, near
Horseshoe Lake parking lot, check out
the planets yourself.
Known as “Childcare with an Ocean
View,” Kids in Motion’s 6,000 sq. ft. wing
serves children from infants through
teens with over a dozen programs and
is an absolute visual delight. Kids will

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Historical Pleasures

Savor our old-fashioned, rich,
creamy, ice cream, and…
experience our homemade
quality chocolates.
Made right on the premises.

178 EAST 7TH STREET
CHICO • 342-7163
www.shuberts.com
OPEN ’TIL
10PM

Wall St.

Main

Indulge in
Sweet Delights

Shubert’s
178 E. 7th St. • 530-342-7163
www.shuberts.com
Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
121 W. 3rd St. • 530-332-9866
www.PowellsSweetShoppe.com
Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe
130 Main St. • 530-895-3866
www.uppercrustchico.com

At Shubert’s, Chico’s oldest ice cream
and candy store, they’ve been making
these creations since 1938. We like
them all, but two special ice cream
flavors are Chico Mint and Mount
Shasta. You can also enjoy milkshakes,
root beer floats, freezes and sodas.
In the candy department, you’ll find
everything from chocolate creams to
English Toffee, and you can buy it by the
piece or by the pound.

8th St.

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Chico’s Sweetest

6th St.

view a 150 ft. “Under the Sea” mural;
mermaid, sea turtles and octopus
mosaics; and salt water aquariums
(some of the largest in the Chico area).
One aquarium features a living reef with
corals and other creatures. Another
houses larger, more aggressive sea life.
The In Motion facility also has a Kids
Splash Park and 5 pools and offers yearround swim lessons. It’s no wonder that
kids call it the “In Motion Ocean” and
that it has become a very popular spot
for birthday and pool parties.
A short hop away from Chico, in
Orland, the Farm Sanctuary is a
300-acre farm that shelters, rescues,
rehabilitates, and provides life-long
care for hundreds of animals (cows,
pigs, sheep, goats, and turkeys) every
year. Open to the public for tours on
Saturdays. Tours begin every hour on
the hour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kids Park is a childcare indoor play
and party center. They offer a preschool
program, arts and crafts, and games
galore. They also host birthday parties.
They are open seven days a week.
Two by Two Ranch & Petting Zoo
is a unique educational opportunity for
kids to experience a variety of animals.
This zoo has mobile capabilities and
attends many area events.

Broadway

Celebrating 75 Years of “Making our Own.”

121 W. 3rd Street

Downtown Chico

Open 7 Days a Week
Perfect for kids ages 2-92.
Come experience the nostalgia of
Powell’s Sweet Shoppe!
Find us on:
@PowellsChico
#PowellsChico

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Rotary Park

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, has the
largest selection of sweet treats in town.
Besides a stock of over 5,000 types of
candies, they also serve all-natural
gelato, old-fashioned sodas, retro toys,
root beer floats, and a huge selection of
nostalgic candies. Treats you have not
seen since your childhood—Clark bars,
Candy Buttons, Nik N’Lips, Walnettos
and more. A stop here is a walk down
Memory Lane and a sweet experience.
At the Upper Crust you can expect
an abundance of art on the walls and
premium baked goods or gourmet deli
items from which to choose. Voted #1
Bakery in a local newspaper poll each
year for a long time, you’ll understand
why once you’ve indulged in one of their
bakery delicacies. And we can’t get
through January and February without
their delicious soups.

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Downtown City Plaza

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Stroll or Sit
in Pleasant
Surroundings

Diamond Alley
From 3rd-4th Sts. between
Broadway and Salem
Downtown City Plaza
4th & 5th Sts.
at Main & Broadway
Chico Rotary Plaza
On Wall Street between 6th
& 7th
Opened in 2005 along with
the restoration and opening of
the Diamond Hotel, Diamond
Alley is entered through gorgeous
mosaic-pillared arches at either
3rd or 4th Streets, and
a walk here
features many
of the Chico
Open Board
creations.
One of our
favorite places
to be for lunch,
Downtown
City Plaza was
designated
as a park site in

1872. The area here now serves as
stage for many events—including free
music concerts on Friday evenings May
through September.
Diamond Alley

To get a schedule of the concerts,
check the downtown
merchants’ windows, or ask
at the Visitor & Information
Center (Main & 5th St.).
A 2004-2005 centennial
project of the Chico Rotary
club, Chico Rotary Plaza is in
front of the Boys & Girls Club.
It features a neat sculpture,
and be sure to check out the
arty cubes!

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Birds & Bees,
and the Flowers
& Trees

Chico Creek Nature Center
1968 East 8th St. • 530-891-4671
Hours: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.bidwellpark.org/
Free nature walks with knowledgeable
naturalists, classes, and environmental
ed programs are all available here.
Weekly day-camps are held JuneAugust and over the holiday break in
December for ages 5-11 years. Summer
sessions include themes like Aquatic
Adventure, Earth Island, Native’s
Ways, and Jammin’ Salmon, while the
winter session helps kids learn about
hibernation, migration, and critters’
food storage, along with what happens
to plants during winter.
If you want to go on the popular “Owl
Prowl Night Walk,” you’ll need to preregister since space is limited.
The nature museum includes a living
display of wildlife and features other
displays of nature. Pick up the “World
of Trees” brochure and walk the trail to
experience Portuguese Cypress, English
& Cork Oak, among others. Entrance is
off of East Eighth St. just beyond Cedar
Grove. (Turn off of Highway 32 onto
Fir Street, go straight through the stop
sign, and Fir St. becomes Eighth St.).
Park maps are available here.

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A Diamond
That’s No
Longer in the
Rough

throughout the interior.
But that’s just the beginning; you’ll
walk on a copper slate floor, mined
in the mountains of India and laid
in a diamond pattern. You’ll admire
the Galaxy granite store front and
the fireplace hearth that has copper
naturally inlaid in it, and you’ll note the
diamond-shaped railings and customdyed diamond pattern carpet.

And if you find yourself downtown
with children, they are sure to enjoy
Justin’s playhouse with its carnival
mirrors in the first room, a playroom,
and the very special exit tunnel with
black lights.
No longer a diamond in the rough,
this building is now a shining jewel of
downtown Chico!

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Winner of the prestigious Golden Rose
Award for 2001, owner David Halimi took
his time to “get it right” in designing and
restoring this building, which is a work of
art—done by local artisans.
Inspired by the original copper molding
of the storefront, discovered under many
layers of paint, copper (purchased in raw
form, then polished, hand-tooled, and
lacquered to maintain shine and color)
is used throughout to compliment the
custom-cut/designed oak wood also used

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Art Abounds in
one of the “100
Best Small Art
Towns in America”

We could write a book about the
artistic talent and galleries in this town,
honored repeatedly as one of “100 Best
Small Art Towns in America.”
Chico Visual Arts Alliance (ChiVAA)

ART ETC.

FRAME WHAT YOU LOVE
122 W. Third St • Chico, CA 95928
530.895.1161

is a 501c3 umbrella organization linking
art groups and individual artists and
enabling them to have a united voice,
presence, and visibility in Chico. One of
their most successful programs is the
monthly Second Friday ARTabouts
where artists open up their studios and
galleries welcome the public. These
festivities take place from 5 to 8 p.m.

Art Galleries
AicoraGems “Jewelry Box” Gallery
1334 Mangrove, 530-809-1034
All Fired Up Ceramic Art Center
830 Broadway, 530-894-5227
www.allfiredupchico.com
Ambiance Antiques & Art
180 E. 9th Ave., 530-894-6900
www.chicoantiques.com
Art etc. etc. etc.
122 West 3rd St., 530- 895-1161
Art House, The
325 Nord Ave., 530- 894-1843
Avenue 9 Gallery
180 East 9th Ave., 530-879-1821
Chico Art Center Gallery
450 Orange St., 530-895-8726
Chico Art School & Gallery
336 Broadway, Ste. 20, 530-570-3895
www.janetlombardiblixt.com
www.chicoartschool.com
Chico Paper Co.
Fine Art Gallery & Framing
345 Broadway, 530-891-0900
www.chicopapercompany.com

Healing Art Gallery
265 Cohasset Rd.
(Enloe Cancer Center),
530-332-3855
Needham Stained Glass Studios
237 Broadway, 530-345-4718
www.needhamstudios.com
Sally Dimas Art Gallery & Studio
493 East Ave., 530-345-3063
Secret Garden Gallery (Kinkade)
Chico Mall, 530-343-1813
1078 Gallery
820 Broadway, 530-343-1973
www.1078gallery.org
The Vagabond Rose
236 Main St., 530-343-1110
Third Floor Gallery - CSUC
Bell Memorial Union, 530-898-6002
Turner Print Collection - CSUC
Meriam Library, 898-4476
www.janetturner.org
University Art Gallery-CSUC
Alva Taylor Hall, 530-898-5864

Marilyn Walsh, Vagabond Rose
on a rotating basis in three Chico
neighborhoods: Uptown, Downtown, and
SOPA (South of the Post Office). These
are a great way to get to know your
own neighborhood or someone else’s
and a refreshing activity for the whole
family—and it’s free! The map for the
particular neighborhood-of-the-month,
together with a listing of participants
is published in the Enterprise-Record
and is also available on the “ARTabout
Chico” Facebook page, as well as on the
group’s website. For more information,
please call 530-318-2105 or go to www.
chivaa.org
ChiVAA also holds its annual Art at
the Matador (1934 The Esplanade) each
May featuring free admission & parking
(corner of 10th Ave. and The Esplanade),
showcasing 75 local artists, dancers,
fashion show, music, and a children’s
art area, among other activities and
entertainment.
The Museum of Northern California
Art (monca) is in the process of
renovating the 1927 Chico Veterans
Memorial Hall, 900 Esplanade, to create
a home for its collection. Thanks to
collector Reed Applegate, who donated
his entire collection, the museum
already has nearly 400 works by regional
artists. To learn more about monca or
to donate to the renovation funds, go to
www.monca.org
AicoraGems “Jewelry Box” Gallery

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is Chico’s newest public mural, a giant
wooden jewelry box by Scott Teeple.
A visit inside mimics an Alice in
Wonderland type experience . . . passing
through the door of the jewelry box to
the inside where the creative brilliance
will surprise you. AicoraGems features
national award winning designer
Geralyn Sheridan’s eco-friendly
collections as well as handcrafted fine
jewelry by several other talented local
metalsmiths, Paul Crosbie’s art glass
and periodic visiting artists. Definitely a
must see.
A gallery and gift store to be savored

Sally Dimas
ART GALLERY

Original Paintings
Art · Antiques · Jewelry
By Local & Regional Artists
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artists. In addition to her ongoing,
large variety of art, this gallery is now
featuring Western Art. K. W. Moore,
Sr., who lived for 18 years in Santa Fe,
New Mexico and is now residing back in
Paradise, is exhibiting a large collection
of his work at the gallery.
Chico Paper Co., a Chico cornerstone
for half a century, is owned by a unique
husband-wife team. She has a masters
degree in fine arts, and he has been a
framer for over 35 years. All design
staff members have either a Master of
Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Housed within the 2,500 square foot
gallery are works of
sculpture, jewelry,
pottery, paintings,
limited edition prints,
hand-blown glass,
posters and bonsai.
The gallery focuses
largely on representing
more than 25 local
artists but also shows
regional, national
and international
art. Also known for
its extradordinary
selection of frames
and skill at framing
three-dimensional
art and mirrors, as
K. W. Moore, Sr., Sally Dimas Art Gallery & Studio
well as traditional
is the Vagabond Rose. Some of the
media on paper or canvas. The shop
area’s finest painters, photographers,
is a long-standing member of the
woodworkers, and potters exhibit their
P.P.F.A. (Professional Picture Framing
work here. Many have received national
Association.
and international acclaim, including
Janet Turner, Salvatore Casa, and
Kenneth Parker. Fine art is displayed
amidst quality crafts and collectibles.
Art etc. etc. etc. has been in town,
centrally located between Main and
Broadway on 3rd, for over 40 years and
has had artist-owners for the past few.
Especially unique about the shop is that
the entire staff are artists (paper, oil,
watercolor). The shop is popular with
local artists because all of the framing
work is done in the store.
At the Sally Dimas Art Gallery &
Studio, the owner, an artist herself, also
carries works by other local and regional
painters, potters, and jewelers. Every
wall is adorned with works by different

Closed Sunday
& Monday

493 East Ave. Ste. 1, Chico, CA
530.345.3063

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Founded in 1967​in partnership
between Al and Mabel Gaumer and their
son John and his wife Terry, Gaumer’s
Jewelry has continued to grow with

Unique Jewelry

Larry Leigh, “Upper Bidwell Park,”
Chico Paper Co.

the addition of a third generation of
jewelers and rock-hounds through
Bill Gaumer.
Gaumer’s carries a great selection
of fine gold and silver jewelry, original
hand-crafted jewelry, semiprecious
and precious stones, lapidary
equipment and jewelry making
supplies. The gift ware portion of the
business offers books, coasters, vases,
unique decorative items and beautiful
hand-crafted jewelry boxes.
The Gaumer family interest in
gems and minerals has been actively
pursued for four generations as
John O. Gaumer was a gold miner
in Northern California for 25 years.
His son Al continued the tradition
with formal education in the field of
mining
engineering before returning
Free
Museum
to gold mining with his father and a

GAUMER’S
jewelry · museum · lapidary

Mineral &
Mining Museum

Since 1967

Free Admission

Minerals & Fossils
Gold Mining Exhibit
Fluorescent Rock Display

A Truly Unique & Unforgettable Experience
Open Monday through Friday · 9am – 5pm

78 Belle Mill Road | Red Bluff, CA 96080 | (530) 527-6166
www.gaumers.com | follow us on Facebook

Kathryn Silvera, “The Rising,”
Chico Paper Co.
lifelong pursuit of prospecting and
rockhounding throughout the western
United States.
The family passion for rocks turned
a hobby into a full time business when
John and Terry decided to open a store
utilizing the family​‘s extensive rock
collection and John’s jewelry making
skills.
​In 1997 the business added an
800 square foot mineral and mining
museum and additional retail and
manufacturing space​, and​​i​n 1999,
Bill finished his course work with the
Gemological Institute of America and
received the prestigious Graduate
Gemologist diploma.
Family-owned Needham Studios has
been creating award-winning, customdesigned stained glass in the heart of

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attention to the natural and built
treasures of our local environment,
and as a participant in Artoberfest
in the fall offers workshops, free
demonstrations, and artist talks and
lectures. The gallery has been honored
with a Mayor’s Award for excellence in
the arts, as well as a Turner Prize for
its exceptional community outreach.
All Fired Up Ceramic Art Center
invites you to “Come Clay with Us!”
Don’t miss the local art: ceramic,
2-dimentional, 3-dimentional and
fiber. The vision behind the center
is to create a gathering place for
ceramic artists and students to
connect with each other to share

where the community can see artists at
work and purchase local art.
There is an art endeavor centrally
located in downtown Chico, upstairs
at 336 Broadway. Chico Art School &
Gallery focuses on painting and drawing
instruction with an emphasis on fun.
Artist and owner, Janet Lombardi Blixt,
teaches children ages 7+ and adults.
Oils, watercolor, acrylic and pastel
mediums are taught in a small class
setting offering individual instruction.
The school nurtures the creative spirit
in all of us, no matter what skill level.
Home school, after school, private and
evening classes are offered. Weekly
classes run year long and the popular

Stained Glass, Needham Studios
downtown Chico for over 45 years. The
studio’s latest honor has been to win
the 2014 National Competition for the
Sutter/Roseville Medical Center Chapel.
Stop in to see a multitude of other
designs the studio has created.
The Janet Turner Print Collection of
over 3,000 fine art prints spanning 40
countries, six centuries, and a thousand
different artists (including Rembrandt,
Renoir, Goya, Miro, Dali, Tamayo and
Hockney) hopes to move to a permanent
location on or near the CSUC campus
sometime in the future. Call 530-8991205 or 530-343-1110 for information
on this outstanding collection.
Founded in 2004, Avenue 9 Gallery,
is a professional artists’ guild. Members,
who make major decisions collectively,
always have representative work on
display, and once yearly are the “featured
artist” in the gallery. Avenue 9 also
offers group shows such as “Chico
Icons” that are open to other artists,
collaborates with advanced students and
faculty from California State University,
Chico, and Butte College, and hosts the
Pacific Flyway Snow Goose Festival art
exhibition. Avenue 9 continues
to organize plein air “Paint Outs” calling

Dolores Mitchell, “Bungalows:Dawn, Day, Dusk,” oil - Avenue 9 Gallery
ideas and inspiration; create a learning
environment to encourage growth;
provide access to supplies and materials
at competitive prices and have a studio

summer camps are held annually.
Visit the gallery to view Janet’s latest
icon of Chico landmarks and rotating

STAINED GLASS
Windows, Doors, Commercial, Restoration, Religious
237 Broadway • 345-4718 • www.needhamstudios.com

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guest artist’s work. Janet was voted
1st place Best Local Artist for 2008
and 2009 in the Chico News & Review
competition. Gallery hours are during
class times and by appointment.
Chico is home to more and more
Public Sculpture, and one of the
most interesting pieces is the outdoor
teleidoscope found at Park Avenue and
13th. It’s fun to use it, and many
people do. I’ve heard adults say that it
makes them feel like a kid again.
The new Luminary Art Benches
found in downtown Chico are the result
of a project to create artistic tributes
to world-renowned persons who either
lived in Chico at one time and went on
to become famous in his or her field,

or who contributed to the character of
Chico in a significant way. Chico is the
theme of all the Pedestal Art Seats.
A brochure featuring a walking map
and detailed description of the
benches and pedestal seats
is available at the Chico
Chamber of Commerce
and at many of the art
galleries.
Benches celebrating the
following Chico luminaries are installed in downtown Chico: Architect Julia
Morgan is honored by artist Jenna Mae
Hepworth; the achievements of Astronomer Carolyn Spellman-Shoemaker are
celebrated with a bench by artist David

With the same values and
philosophies, Brian opened his own
business, creating a place where
people could go and shop for those
unique, inspiring finds to reflect
their own personal style.
Finds Design & Décor was opened in 2007 by
Brian Austin. While growing up, Brian had
the opportunity to work alongside his father
and grandfather at Austin’s
Home Furnishings.

Find’s Design & Decor offers an array
of upholstered furniture pieces, eclectic
accent pieces, unique accessories and
dining to match any decor as well as so
much more.
For over 40 years Austin’s proudly served the
North State and was passed from generation
to generation, landing under the supervision
of the fourth generation: Brian, his sister and
his brother. Together they worked to continue
the legacy their father and grandfather
provided: to offer high quality, brand-named
furniture and exceptional service, before
closing in 2006.

892-1905
1341 Mangrove Ave. Chico
Between 3rd & 5th Avenues

Our goal is to bring a wide variety
of styles to choose from so you’ll
be able to find that perfect piece
for your home.

Store Hours: Mon-Fri 10-6, Closed Sunday
Visit us at www.furniterechico.com
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“Art Bench, Downtown”
Barta; Painter Jackson Pollock is depicted in mosaic tile by artist Robin Indar;
Writer Raymond Carver, who lived in
Chico in the late 1950’s, is honored by
artist Dylan Tellesen; Actor Erroll Flynn
and the 1938 filming of “The Adventures
of Robin Hood” in Bidwell Park are
recognized by mosaic artist Christen
Derr; in recognition of the contribution
of Chinese workers to Chico’s history
and dedicated to the memory of Andrea
Spressards Christen Derr designed a
mosaic tile bench; John Muir is remembered with a concrete and bronze bench
by Michael Ginnattasio; Franz Cilensek
(Santa Claus to generations of locals) is
honored by a mosaic tile bench by Pat
Koszies and Kay Wooldridge; Sir Joseph
Hooker’s bench is a concrete and bronze
creation by Juan Cole and Jeff Lerche;
and Susan B. Anthony is remembered by
a concrete and metal bench created by
Jean Summerville.
Julia Morgan was California’s first
female architect who designed well over
700 buildings including Hearst Castle
and the Albert E. Warrens Reception
Center (formerly the President’s House)
at CSU, Chico.
Astronomer Carolyn Spellman-Shoemaker, who holds the world record for
comet discoveries, grew up in Chico and
graduated from Chico State College with
her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts
in 1949 and 1950, respectively.
A bench not to be missed is one
done by mosaic artist Christen Derr
in remembrance of Chinese workers’
contributions to Chico’s early history. It
is dedicated to Andrea Spessard (19802004).

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Jason Bertagna

Almonds,
Livestock, Fruit
& Fresh Veggies

Maisie Jane’s Unique Gifts & Nuts

1324 Dayton Road • 530-809-2436
www.maisiejanes.com
Blue Diamond Nut & Gift Shop
703 Miller Ave. • 530-895-1853
California State University Farm
South on Park Ave. toward Durham,
Turn right on Hegan
Currently not open for Tours
Mooney Farms
1220 Fortress St. • 530-899-2661
www.mooneyfarms.com
TJ Farms
3600 Chico Avenue • 530-343-2294
www.tjfarmsestates.com
As one of the fourth generation of
almond growers, Maisie Jane turned
a high school FFA project into a nationwide business, and in 1999, was the
first woman to win the N. American
Collegiate Entrepreneur award.
A visit to her shop gives one a
good sense of the history of the
almond business. You’ll see her great

take with you or have shipped. They
even have delicious pies— almond
butter, pecan ice cream pie, mint julep
ice cream pie, java crunch ice cream
pie, chocolate cheesecake—and during
the holiday season, try their peppermint
fudge ice cream pie. All are sold whole
or by the slice.
Providing CSUC students with
hands-on experience in both crop and
livestock management, the University
Farm (1,000 acres) hopes to offer
tours in the future providing visitors
with a good over-view of Sacramento
Valley agriculture. The farm’s Meat Lab

grandfather’s almond draper, an old
maul (used to knock the nuts from
the trees), a photo series of then/now,
and even an armoire taken from Annie
Bidwell’s garage that is
now used for displaying
almond products.
At Maisie Jane’s you’ll
find a large selection of
locally made food products
—olive oils, wine, rice,
honey, mustards, cheeses,
spices, and all the local
nuts you could possibly
think of. Nibble at their
tasting bar and view their
beautifully made gift
CSU, Chico Farm
baskets, which you can

Fresh local nuts in
bulk or by the bag!

We’re an almond farmer-owned business
proudly supporting other local farmers and
producers by offering you a one-stop marketplace, six days a week!

California Almonds
LOCAL MADE: HONEY • WINE • SPICES
Walnuts
OILS • SPECIALTY FOODS
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Cashews ba
of chocolate,
Macadamias
flavored, roasted and
just plain naturally
good

nuts!

www.maisiejanes.com
1324 Dayton Road • Chico, CA 95928 • 809-2436

prepares beef, lamb, and pork is known
for its large assortment of recipes,
sausages and jerky.
Mooney Farms have been offering
the world’s most complete line of sun
dried tomato products for generations.
Family-owned and operated, they’ve
been growing, drying and processing
these products, which are all Certified as
Kosher. Check their website to find sun
dried tomato sauce, pesto, risotto and
many more products, recipes, and their
unique gift baskets.
We used to go to Grandpa’s farm in
southern Indiana and pick our sweet
corn for Grandma’s supper. Nothing
ever tasted better—partly because it was
fresh from the field and partly because
we’d picked it ourselves. We’ve found a
place that’s a close second to that.
TJ Farms a 15-acre family owned and
operated farm is only three miles from
the bustling heart of downtown Chico,
but it feels much farther than that. It’s
surrounded by idyllic green orchards
on a country lane, and the grounds are

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immaculate — you’ll find waterfalls,
Community Park. Chico’s largest
fountains, ivy-covered trellises, a
outdoor sports park, its 30 acres provide
pristine gazebo surrounded by flowers
courts along with ballfields, a large
and gently sloping lawns perfect for
playground, barbecue grills, picnic
tables, and lots of space to just sit and
mingling. Dignified old walnut trees
reflect or to read a good book. And this
shade the beautiful Southern colonial
is the site of the annual Chico Kite Day
mansion on the farm. They have an
held in March.
annual asparagus festival, and now hold
many weddings on the property.
Dedicated in March, 2004, the park’s
They allow you to pick your
own or to purchase what they’ve
picked. Either way, the veggies
are always fresh and delicious,
and there’s a good feeling about
getting them at the farm.
At Jack-O-Lantern time, you
can wander through TJ Farms’
Pumpkin Patch to select just the
right “head.” You can also view
the quail pen or slip into the sales
Chico Skate Park
room for a free sample of their
Kiwi concoctions.
Ancestor Gates, commissioned by
the Chico Redevelopment Agency and
the Chico Area Recreation and Park
District, created by artist Jenny Hale
with assistance from Amaera Bay Laurel
and Robin Indar and fabricated by Stan
Chico Area Rec. & Park District
McEtchin and David Barta are a must545 Vallombrosa • 530-895-4711
see. They can be found adjacent to
www.chicorec.com
the play area and Chapman Elementary
Community (20th Street) Park
School. The mosaics were created in
Access at east end of E. 16th St. near
community workshops in the park. The
Chapman School or on Whitman
gates feature four main ethnic groups:
Ave., a block off E. 20th St.
Mexican-American, Asian-American,
Hooker Oak Recreation Area
Corner of Manzanita and Hooker
Native American, and African-American.
Oak Avenues
Hooker Oak Recreation Area also has
Chico Skate Park
ballfields, playgrounds, and picnic areas,
359 Humboldt Ave. at Flume
and it offers a little history, too. Named
Info: 530-895-4972
after an English botanist, the Hooker
DeGarmo Park
Oak was one of the world’s largest oaks
Esplanade & Eaton Road
until it died of old age in 1978. The huge
If you like wide open spaces to enjoy
stump is preserved and gives you an
your volleyball or tennis, we suggest
idea of what a whopper it was.

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6:30 am-2 pm Mon-Fri
7 am-2 pm Sat & Sun

530.342.9717
352 Vallombrosa Ave.
Chico, California

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Downtown Chico
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2014 Wildflower Century

A Chico Dining
Tradition for 50 Years
• Famous Sandwiches
• Pizzas, Pasta & Calzones
• Fresh Salads
• Champagne Sunday Brunch
• Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
*
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Best Italian Restaurant–A Living Legend

2234 Esplanade/Cohasset
Chico • 343-7000
Open 7 Days 6am-11pm

2525 Dominic Dr./Skyway
Chico • 342-7771
Open 7 Days 6am-9pm

Cocktails, Beer & Wine · Catering · Banquet Rooms

Chico’s Best!

Lunch (one serving)
Dinner
All You Can Eat
(Children 10 & under
half price!)
Lunch & Dinner include
soup, steamed rice &
appetizers. Make it your
way with beef, pork,
chicken, lamb and 17
kinds of vegetables and
noodles. Season it mild
or spicy using 10
different sauces!

Beer &
Wine
Happy Hour
Mon-Fri. 4-6

Senior
Discount
Take-Out Orders
Lunch Price Anytime
Major Credit Cards

2540 Esplanade
at East Ave., Chico
342-8564
1937 E. 20th St.
Target Shopping
Center
342-6304
www.HulasBBQ.com

Completed in 1999, Chico Skate
Park’s 10,000 square feet of fun is open
from 8am to sunset, and is quite a hit
with skateboarders and inline skaters.
They can enjoy a pyramid, rail box,
two 3-foot-wide steps, lots of curbing
and steel coping. Park users must
wear appropriate gear (helmets, pads,
etc.). There’s even a snack bar if all that
skating makes you hungry.
Chico’s newest park, DeGarmo Park,
is located next to Shasta School and
being 36 acres in area, the park will
serve many venues, including soccer and
softball. It also has a dog park. Future
plans call for an aquatics center to be
added.

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Bike Around
America’s
Greatest Bike
Town

Chico Velo Cycling Club
530-343-8356
www.chicovelo.org
Yep, that’s Chico’s designation in
a recent edition
of Bicycling
magazine, and
no one here
would argue with
that. To say that
Chico is “Bike
Friendly” is a major
understatement.
Some folks
bicycle because
it’s good for them.
Some do it because it’s good for the
environment. But we think most folks
bicycle because they simply love it.

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Whichever category fits you, Chico’s
One Mile
a great space for bike riding in or out of
town. Besides the Bidwell Park paths and
multiple other paths in Chico, you can
head out of town in almost any direction
and have a good ride with great scenery.
Bike trail maps are available at the bike
shops in Chico and at the Chamber office.
One ride you shouldn’t miss is the one
that parallels the Midway, just off of Park
Avenue. In addition to being a nice ride
on a paved surface, it features the 2004
mural by Mabrie Jeanne Ormes and
Scott Teeple. Commissioned by Chico
Velo and the City of Chico, this
mural is entitled “Celebrating
the Wildflower Century Bicycle
Ride.” The mural notes a
special thanks to Barbara Castro
(botanist), Mike Peavy (pilot),
Rocky Niles (owner of Corlin
Paint), and Classic Golf Car.
The Steve Harrison Memorial
Trail, off 20th Street past Bruce
Shapiro Pool
is growing in popularity. Look for
the giant archway.
If you’d prefer to do your swimming
Another popular, but somewhat
outside,
consider Sycamore Pool in
strenuous, trek for cyclists is the 10-mile
Lower
Bidwell
Park or the two area
ride to Forest Ranch. Just take Ninth
Street east, which will become Highway
32. Lots of pine trees and a couple of
shops will greet you upon arrival.

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creeks. Butte Creek is reached by several
access points along Honey Run Road off
the Skyway, and Big Chico Creek offers
many spots in Upper Bidwell Park.
A venue for swimming sometimes
overlooked are the pools at local sports
clubs. For instance, In Motion Fitness
has five pools and the only kids’ Splash
Park in town! They are consistently
voted the best place to swim in Chico
and offer year-round swim lessons, too.

Take a Dip

Pleasant Valley Pool
2320 North Avenue • 895-4703
Shapiro Pool
Oleander/Memorial Way • 895-4705
Swimming Holes in Bidwell Park
Pools at local sports clubs

If the heat’s got you beat, or you just
need the exercise, it’s time to take a
dip in a swimming hole or pool. The
Chico Area Recreation Department
has two pools open late May through
mid-August. Both the Pleasant Valley
and Shapiro Pools offer swim lessons,
recreational swimming and family
swim times. Water Rescue and junior
lifeguard and junior swim instructor
classes are also offered. Call the CARD
office at 895-4711 for more information
on those.

Basque Style Dinners
Steaks • Lamb • Seafood
BBQ Ribs • Chicken
Wednesday - Sunday Open at 5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Restaurant
&
Tapas Bar
Family
Owned &
Operated
Since 1975

www.basquenorte.com

3355 ESPLANADE • CHICO • 530-891-5204

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The Plant Barn

A Growing Trio

USDA, Genetic Resource Center
2741 Cramer Lane • 530-895-1176
Covered Bridge Gardens,
National Daylily Display
1821 Honey Run Rd.
The Plant Barn
406 Entler Ave. • 530-345-3121
www.theplantbarn.com

In 1904, some Chico residents deeded
land to the USDA Agricultural Research
Service. That was the beginning of the
Plant Introduction Center where plants
from all over the world were tried to see
if they would grow here.
Two of the more well-known are the
pistachio, which was introduced around
1917, and the kiwi, which was introduced
in 1934. The “mother” and “father” kiwi
are still here at the center and are the
oldest producing kiwi in the nation.
The information gleaned from this
center covers everything from producing
anti-cancer drugs to improving
watersheds, to producing seeds used in
reforestation after fires, pest outbreaks,

and logging activities.
The center has a Nature Trail with
picnic tables and benches located
throughout, and you can pick up a selfguiding brochure, which will inform you
of over 70 species you’ll see along the
trail. Spring is a popular
time to visit this official
California Watchable
Wildlife site, not only
CALIFORNIA for the beautiful spring
WATCHABLE blossoms, but also to
W I L D L I F E view migrating birds. I
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it’s hard to top their brilliant trees in all
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Hemerocallis (Daylily) Society National
Display Garden at Covered Bridge
Gardens. It has been a display garden
since 1986. The colors and sizes of the
daylily blossoms are breathtaking, and
they have nearly a thousand varieties.
Another breathtaking sight is on view
in November and December at the Plant
Barn when 12,000 poinsettias put on
their show. Wow!

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Fish, Boat,
Picnic, Canoe,
Tube, or
Birdwatch

Bidwell-Sac. River State Park
12105 River Road • 530-342-5185
E-mail: bidriv@norcal.parks.state.ca.us
This park offers 243 acres of hiking,
scenery, and activities. Fishing, boating,
picnicking, wildlife watching, canoeing,
rafting, kayaking, and inner-tubing
can all be enjoyed.
The park includes many areas. Big
Chico Creek Riparian Area is known
for its shad and salmon fishing, and is
popular with birdwatchers, who enjoy
great blue herons, egrets, hawks, ducks,
and swallows, and with families, who
enjoy a day on the beach.
Irvine Finch River Access Area
has a launch ramp, a 295-space parking
lot for boat trailers, six enroute-style
campsites for overnight RV camping,
restrooms, and is the most popular place
to begin a river-floating experience.
Pine Creek day-use area has a large
boat launch and parking lot.
Indian Fishery day-use area features
eight picnic sites and a 3/4-mile selfguided nature trail (great place to see
pipevine swallowtail butterflies).
The many picnic spots make this park
an excellent spot for family reunions.

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Orchards in

Bloom, 3 Parks
+ Tigers, Lions, &
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Durham • 6 miles south of Chico
Durham Recreation & Park Dept.
9447 Midway
www.durhamrec.com
530-345-1921
Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation
4995 Durham/Pentz Rd.
www.kirshner.org
530-533-1000, Open by appt. only

If you’ve done all you care to do in
Chico and are headed out of town, we
suggest that you head south about
six miles to Durham.
From mid-February to mid-March,
it’s a lovely drive because of the almond
orchards in bloom, and Blossom Tour
maps/brochures are available at the
Chamber office in Chico (3rd & Salem).
What’s more, you’ll discover a small
town with a great deal of charm and
civic pride, and one that is known for its
high-achieving schools.
You’ll find three beautiful parks—the
Louis Edwards Community Park has
tennis courts and also contains the
Dwight Brinson Swim Center with its
much-used pool. The largest park is the
Durham Community Park that includes
a playground, ballfields, basketball
court, and equestrian ring. Many large
events are held in this venue including
the Harvest Festival each September and

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a Spring Festival each
May. Midway Park
is where you’ll find
ballfields.
You can also see
endangered exotic
live animals in the
Durham area. The
Barry R. Kirshner
Wildlife Foundation
was established to
promote an awareness
of wildlife and their
habitats. You’ll see a
bobcat, a mountain
lion, leopards, tigers,
lions, a serval, a
caracal, an ocelot,

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as well as foxes, a wallaby, and an
assortment of exotic birds and reptiles,
including a Burmese Python.

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Beautiful Butte
Creek Canyon
& Some Gems
Along the Way

Honey Run Covered Bridge
Five miles east of Chico, Take the
Skyway, turn left on Honey Run Rd.
Colman (Centerville) Memorial
Community Museum
13548 Centerville Rd.
530-893-9667 • Hrs: 1-4 Weekends
E-mail:ColmanMuseum@aol.com
Built in 1894, the Honey Run Covered
Bridge is the only three-level covered
bridge in the nation, and it’s one of the
few covered bridges left in California.
All visitors should see it if they’re in
the area, and it seems like they must
because all the picnic tables were taken
when we were there. It’s also a great spot
to go wading or swimming in the creek.
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A left turn at the bridge puts you
on Centerville Road and on your way
to some other gems. You’ll discover
the charming 1894 Centerville School
and the adjoining museum. Colman
Museum houses local Indian artifacts,
including a beautiful basket collection,
late 1800’s mining equipment, including
gold scales and ledgers from the many
general stores, tools, and relics of the
Civil War era. There’s also a display
on the Centerville Powerhouse, the
oldest in California. The old Centerville
Cemetery is known for its historic
headstones.
The drive is nice since it offers a view
of Butte Creek Canyon from the other
side of the creek. The road turns to
gravel, and about a mile past Centerville,
it crosses a PG&E flume, popular for
jogging and walking.

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Paradise
All Its Name Implies

The Ridge Park

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Discover a
Nugget or Two

Gold Nugget Museum
502 Pearson Rd. • 530-872-8722
www.goldnuggetmuseum.com
Hours: Wed-Sun Noon-4
If you want to learn more of this
area’s history, the Gold Nugget should
be your first stop. This museum was
built from profits of the local Gold
Nugget Days celebration held each April
commemorating the discovery of the
54-pound nugget found in 1859, the
largest ever found in North America, and
Days of Living History in September.
A new Maidu exhibit, an animated
assay office, an old country store, a oneroom schoolhouse, and a walk-through
“mine” are just a few of the things to see.
The museum also has rotating exhibits
which can include most anything, even
iron toys.
The museum grounds feature farm
and mining equipment, a replication of
an old West mining town, “Nuggetville,”

a working blacksmith shop, gold
panning sluices, an in-ground Maidu
grinding rock, a covered bridge over the
creek, a barbecue pit and a picnic area.

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Ice Skate in
Paradise!

Paradise Ice Rink
Terry Ashe Recreation Center
6626 Skyway
530-872-6393
www.paradiseprpd.com
Opening in November and remaining
opening through mid-January, this
outdoor ice rink is the first in Butte
County! It offers family fun of this
traditional wintertime activity.
The rink will be open daily during
its eight-week season. Unlimited day
passes as well as both individual and
family season passes will be available,
and the admission price includes skates,
if needed. The rink is also available for
rental for birthdays or other events.
Santa arrives early in late November,
and many holiday galas happen here.

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Paradise Pines Golf Course
13917 South Park Dr., Magalia
530-873-1111
9 Holes, 5,200 yards, Par 68

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Lava Creek Golf Course
5325 Clark Rd., Paradise
530-872-GOLF (4653)
9 Holes, 4,400 yards, Par 34
If you’re looking for the coolest place
in Butte County in which to golf in the
summer, you’ll want to head to Paradise.
Located at a higher elevation, these
courses are always cooler than any in the
valley.
You’ll have a setting among the pine
trees in which to play, and that’s an
atmosphere that’s hard to beat. Both
courses have a driving range, and
Paradise Pines has a pro shop and a
restaurant, if you work up an appetite
while on the course.

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Behold!
Beautiful Butte
Creek Canyon

Driving into Paradise on the Skyway
from Chico offers some great views

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Paradise Community Park

of Butte Creek Canyon, sometimes
called the “Little Grand Canyon” by
folks who’ve seen both. Or take Honey
Run Road out of Paradise for views from
another angle. It’s a beautiful drive,
and we suggest that you bring along a
camera since there’s one photo-op after
another along this route.

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Archery, Hiking
& Swimming

Paradise Parks & Recreation
6626 Skyway • 530-872-6393
www.paradiseprpd.com

Paradise has many beautiful parks,

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• Beautiful Gardens & Walking Areas
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7010 Skyway • Paradise, California
(530) 872-9094 • ponderosagardensmotel.com

most
featuring
lovely
picnic areas.
Coutolenc
Park also
offers an
archery
range, and Paul Byrne Park features
a public pool and a duck pond. For
magnificent canyon views, try Bille
Park—a favorite of hikers. The brand
new Community Park is a popular
venue for large activities and events, and
features an interesting old railroad car.
Call the park district for a schedule.

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Collectibles,
Period Antiques,
& Crafts

“I’ve died and gone to Paradise,”
is what many antique collectors say
when visiting Paradise’s antique shops.
From jewelry to glassware, lighting
fixtures to furniture, and paintings to
photographs—just about everything
from yesterday’s collectibles to fine period
furniture is here. Some of the shops
carry quality crafts. Have a heavenly good
time browsing and buying.

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Antiques, Collectibles & Unique Gifts

10. Paradise Crafts & Gift Shoppe

Busterʼs Curiosity Shoppe

549 Pearson Rd. • (530) 872-5370
Mon.- Fri. 8-5, Sat. 10-2
Consignment Antiques, Collectables,
Quality Items

969 Bille Rd. • (530) 877-4889
Tue.- Sat. 10-4:30, Sun. 10-4
Home decor, furniture, antiques,
collectable, bric a brac and more.

Bainbridge Antiques

Ebay Listing Service
Inside Treasures from Paradise
6051 Skyway • (530) 876-8380
rlbainbridge@yahoo.com
Wed- Sat 10-5
Buy - Sell - Trade - Consign

6118 Skyway • (530) 877-6503
www.skywayantiquemall.com
Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5
Antiques & Collectibles, 24 Dealers,
8,000 sq. ft., Reproduction Hardware,
Howardʼs Products

House of Color

700 Fir St. • (530) 877-4637
Mon.- Fri. 10-4, Clsd. Sat. Sun.
Preservation & Conservation
Picture Framing / Unique Matting
Kachina Art Gallery & Prints
Art Supplies

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8672 Skyway • (530) 877-6650
www.jeanniesconsignment.com
Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-4, Clsd. Wed.
8,000 sq. ft. of Wallet friendly treasures
for your home. Housewares to Estates
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5878 Clark Rd.• (530) 877-2900
Mon.- Fri. 10-5:30, Sat. 10-4
Gifts plus unique hand made candles
created in house & specialty ornaments
in our newly expanded showroom.

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Clark

Gourmet food & gift

6256 Skyway.• (530) 872-8889
Mon.-Wed. 11-5:30, Thurs. 11-7
Fri. 11-9, Sat. 11-6, Clsd. Sun.
A unique gallery of art, gifts, jewelry, &
gourmet foods We focus on items made
locally, in CA and the USA.

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12. Skyway Antique Mall

Fir Street Gallery & Gifts

HeavenScent Candles

6051 Skyway • (530) 872-4200
Treasures6051@sbcglobal.net
Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4
Antiques & Collectibles. Buy & Sell. We
Have Over 25 Dealers & Over 10,000 Sq. Ft.
on 2 Levels. Look at our Ruby Plaza Store!

11. Second Hand Sallyʼs

The Wine Room
Enjoy wine & craft beers

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14. Treasures From Paradise Mall

698 Fir St. • (530) 877-7826
www.paradisecraftsandgift.com
Mon. - Fri. 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5
Local Crafters say theyʼre glad weʼre
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Consignment & Collectibles
~A Repeat Performance~
7529 Skyway • (530) 876 - 9059
www.skywayblue.com
Tue. - Sat. 10-6
Skyway Blue Consignment and Collectibles
in Paradise is a shop with mostly antiques,
artwork, retro, vinyl and vintage items.

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1183 Bille Rd. • (530) 872-9167
Open: Oct.-May Mon.- Sat. 10-5 •
Featuring over 60 handmade chocolates,
candies, gift baskets & specialty items.
Visit us for a delicious sample. and watch
candies being made through the viewing
window.

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35 Pearson Road • (530) 872-7783
Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5
Buy & Sell Antiques, Fine
Collectibles & Furniture

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7409 Skyway • (530) 876-1541
Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-5
10,000 Sq. Ft. of Shopping
on Two Levels. Gifts, Antique Furniture,
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Enjoy our
Visual Arts

Fir Street Gallery & Gifts
6256 Skyway • 530-872-8889
Made in Paradise Gift Shop
& Gallery
7323 Skyway • 530-872-3296
Paradise Art Center
5564 Almond St.
877-9356, 877-7402 (Saturdays)
www.paradiseartwalk.com
Stan McEtchin Metal Sculpture
70 Wayland Road, just off Neal
530-877-2695

More than just an art galley, Fir

Street Gallery &
Gifts features
jewelry, specialty
gifts, and home
furnishings as well.
Made in Paradise Gift
Shop & Gallery is an
integrated artist’s studio, gift shop
and gallery. It is a great place to admire
local artwork and unique handmade
treasures. Made in Paradise is also part
of a non-profit agency that serves adults
with developmental disabilities, and all
profits go to support this cause.
As a teenager, Stan McEtchin worked
in the shipyards as a welder and pipe
fitter in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Visit paradisechamber.com for a full
events calendar or call (530) 877-9356

He
liked
welding
leftover
metal into
gizmos, and
other
people seemed to
like the
results. Stan moved to Paradise
20 years ago, after a stint in Seattle,
Washington.
At 80+ years young, Stan McEtchin
is still making metal sculptures and
gizmos. In fact, his property is lined
with these fun creations. There are
outer-space characters, flowers, animals,
train engines, etc., and all are created
with leftover metal in ingenious ways.
In 2004, Stan joined with David
Barta and fabricated the Ancestor Gates
located at 20th Street Community Park
in Chico. You’ll want to see them, as well
as all the gizmos at Stan’s place.
The Paradise Art Center is a teaching
facility that also regularly mounts
exhibits of local artwork.
It’s stimulating and fun to visit
whether you’re interested in purchasing
or just want to view some lovely works.
Or who knows, maybe you’d like to sign
up for a class.

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The Paradise Art Walk is a special
event held several times a year with over
a dozen venues participating. Call or
check the website
listed above.

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Wacky & Wild
Sentimental
& Sad

Paradise Performing Arts Center
777 Nunneley Rd.
Schedule:
www.paradiseperformingarts.com
Theatre on the Ridge
P.O. Box 13 • 3735 Neal Rd.
Schedule/Tickets: 530-877-5760
www.totr.org

Paradise Performing Arts Center
offers both local and national
performances featuring a wide variety of
entertainment.
From rib-tickling comedies to
more serious drama, Theatre on the
Ridge features a wealth of talent with
performances year-round.

Paradise Performing Arts Center

90

Cast Off
and Out

Paradise Lake
Info, call Paradise Irrigation District,
530-877-4971

Whether you want to cast offshore
in a boat or cast out your fishing line,
Paradise Lake is a good place to do it.
Hiking and picnicking are also available
at this gorgeous and popular north ridge
lake.
The only boats allowed here are
kayaks, canoes, inflatable boats, or
rowboats with trolling motors only; so
be prepared for a relaxing, peaceful time.
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Traverse a
Nature Trail

Trail Listings Available at the
Paradise Visitor Bureau
5550 Skyway, Suite A
530-877-9356

A good way to stay in shape and enjoy
the flora and fauna at the same time is
to take a walk along a nature trail. There
are several hiking trails in and around
Paradise that afford communion
with nature and some outstanding
scenery. If you need help identifying the
birds you’ll see, stop in at the Paradise
Public Library on Clark Road before you
begin, and get a book to assist you.

Attic Treasures
Mall
A piece of the
past, a keepsake
for one’s future.
10,000 sq. ft. of Shopping on Two Levels.
Gifts, Antiques, Furniture. Over 35 Dealers.

7409 Skyway • Paradise

(530) 876-1541

Located in the beautiful town of Paradise

Butte Creek Trail is a favorite
with many because of the fine views
of the creek that it offers. Turn onto
Doe Mill Road just past De Sabla
Reservoir. The trailhead is on the
left just after you cross the bridge.
Spectacular!

92

In Memory
of a Mother

Clotilde Merlo Park,
Stirling City • 530-873-1658
This 20-acre park was dedicated in
1987 by Harry A. Merlo in memory
of his mother, whose personal traits
of common sense, courage, and
strength of purpose represent the
working principles and philosophy he
incorporated while Executive VicePresident of Georgia-Pacific and CEO
and President of Louisiana-Pacific.
Blacktail deer, grey squirrels,
and many kinds of birds live among
the ponderosa, sugar pine, incense
cedar, white and Doug fir, black oak,
quaking aspen, and manzanita found
here. There are three large ponds, group
and individual picnic areas, nature
trails, horseshoe pits, a bocce court,
and restrooms. A historical museum is
planned for the future.
This park was built to dignify the
foreigners and pioneers who built the
Diamond Match Lumber Co.

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Nursery

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Monday-Saturday 10-5
Oct-May

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93

Step Back
in Time

Inskip Inn, Inskip, CA 95978
Stirling City Hotel,
16975 Skyway
530-873-0858

At 3,500 feet elevation, folks enjoy
Stirling City year round. It’s cool in the
summer, and has snow in winter, which
is fun for snowmobiling.
We prefer visiting in the Spring to
view the many waterfalls, or in the
summer to escape the valley heat, but
the area has become very popular with
snowmobilers in the winter.
In 1857 the first stage coach to travel
over the Sierras took this route,
and within a year there were 10 stores,
9 hotels, 7 saloons, and a few other
businesses and homes.
One of the original hotels, Kelly
& Co., was destroyed by fire in 1868,
and was rebuilt as Inskip, sitting at an
elevation of 4,800 feet. One of the oldest
buildings in the county, it’s on National
Register of Historic Places. It is not
currently open to the public.
Built in 1904, the Stirling City Hotel
became a Bed & Breakfast in 1986. It

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has a fascinating history, and visitors
especially enjoy the country store and
great food. Their recipes are featured
in the Best of the Best State Cookbook
series, or you can purchase the
cookbooks (the art in them is wonderful)
sold on the premises.
Nature, history and great food—A
hard combination to top!

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A Little
History with
Your Apples

Noble Orchards
7050 Pentz Rd. • 530-877-4784
Open to the public July through
late Winter

A Bit of Paradise History
Paradise Ridge first became a passageway from Oroville to Susanville and Nevada
along the Pentz Road route. In what is now
Paradise, the stagecoach followed the current
Clark Road, joining the Oroville-Susanville
Road near Magalia. Neal Road was originally
a cattle road and later served the DurhamChico area. Families settled on farms around
the Ridge as early as 1853, cultivating crops
and raising hogs.
Early on, lumbering and livestock were the
mainstays of the area. Farming the area began
with an olive orchard on Clark Road, and at
one time Paradise was known as California’s
apple center, hence Johnny Appleseed Days
each October.
But it was the discovery of the largest gold
nugget ever found in California that is respon-

At one time Paradise was known as
California’s apple center, and the first
apple celebration here was in 1880 and
was called the Harvest Home Festival.
Through the years, the festival had many
names and in 1968 it became Johnny
Appleseed Days.
You can still visit an apple orchard
that has producing trees that date
back to the late 1800’s. Since 1921 the
Noble Orchards have been producing
apples. It’s still family run, and is
the last of such farms on the Ridge.
Seventeen varieties of apples are
harvested from the now 30 acres and 20
acres of peaches and nectarines. Pies for
the Johnny Appleseed Festival are made
from Noble Orchard apples.

sible for the town’s largest annual celebration,
Gold Nugget Days, each April. The nugget,
discovered in 1859, weighed 54 pounds in the
rough, and from it came a refined 49.5 pounds
of pure gold worth $10,960 at the time.
Life in the pines is above the valley fog, and
as in the 1800’s, winter varies a great deal according to just exactly where you are in the area,
as the following altitude numbers indicate.
Altitude (feet above sea level):
Paradise: 1,200-2,400 feet
Magalia: 2,400-2,800 feet
Stirling City: 3,600 feet
Inskip: 4,800 feet
Yes, to be sure, life in the pines is above the
valley fog, but whether it’s below the snow or
not depends on if you’re in Paradise, Magalia,
Stirling City or Inskip!

Home of the
Concours de la Chapelle
Classic European
Car Show
Benefit for Northern
California Ballet
held each August

Intimate
Weddings
Corporate
Meetings
History buffs will appreciate the 1932
fruit packing shed still in use today, and
collectors will appreciate the original
fruit labels (ones that were never put on
those old wooden boxes).
So whether you just want to purchase
some quality apples or experience a little
of the Ridge history, you’ll enjoy a visit
to Noble Orchards.

Retreats

“A World Away
... in Paradise!”
3300 Inspiration Lane, Paradise CA 95969
(530) 228-0941 • chapelledelartiste.com

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Gridley
A Small Town that Loves Company

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Learn a Little
or a Lot

Gridley Museum
Corner of Hazel & Kentucky Streets
530-530-846-3142
The Gridley Museum is housed in the
Veatch Building. The museum collects,
preserves exhibits and interprets
artifacts, photographs and other
documents which pertain to the cultural
heritage of Gridley and Butte County,
including early rice farming and early
orchards.
Its collection is used primarily to
educate and inform the general public
about the people, places, and events of
historical significance.
Stop by any Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday or Friday, 10- 2 p.m.. You’re
bound to learn a little and maybe a lot!

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Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

First to Fall
Memorial

Gridley-Biggs Cemetery
2023 Hwy 99 • 530-846-2537

This World War II Memorial honors
all American veterans and carries the
picture and story of area native Warren
McCutcheon on the nine-foot tall black
granite slab. McCutcheon, who was 17
at the time, is believed to have been the
first casualty of the bombing at Pearl
Harbor on December 7, 1941 while
he served as a machine gunner on the
foremast of the U.S.S. Maryland.
Dedicated on Memorial Day, 1996,
by retired Navy Admiral John Bitoff, the
memorial was erected by V.F.W. Gridley
Post 5731 and Biggs Post 3811 with
the hope that future generations would
“Remember Pearl Harbor” and defend
America with that same devotion.

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OUR PROMISE
We are dedicated to providing the finest personalized healthcare to North Valley communities by
offering a wide range of integrated services, from prevention through treatment to wellness. Since
1949 we have been proud to serve you.

Why Wait?
Other local area ERs have average wait times of up to 4 hours. At Orchard we average 2.5 hours from
check-in to release. We are fully staffed with physicians 24/7, 365 days a year.

Non-Emergencies
For non-emergency services we have a full health care clinic providing a range of services including:
• Same Day Primary Care Appointments
• Physical Therapy
• Workers Comp
• Lab Services • X-Ray

• Minor Surgery
• Psychotherapy

Community is the Heart of Orchard Hospital
www.OrchardHospital.com

240 SPRUCE StREEt, GRIdlEy
All Insurances
accepted.

846-9000
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Medical Specialty Clinic
Open M-F 7am-7pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm

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Hi, Ho Come
to the Fairs!

Butte County Fairgrounds
199 East Hazel St. • 530-846-3626

These 36 tree-shaded acres are home
to the Butte County Fair every August,
a fair that is known as one of the most
outstanding examples of an oldfashioned county fair in the state.
Flower, food, 4-H, & craft exhibits,
livestock judging, country music,
carnival, destruction derby, rodeo, and
much more are at the fair.
The fairgrounds also hosts dog
shows, car shows, and RV rallys during

the year.
So, hi ho, why don’t you grab your
family and come to ‘em all!

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FIND MORE
WILDLIFE ADVENTURES
AND A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO
NEST IN THE

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

WILDLIFE HEARTLAND

• Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
• Oroville St. Wildlife Area
• Colusa Wildlife Area
• Oroville Visitors Center

Scent an
Essence of
Mother Nature

Lavender Ranch
17 Rio Bonito Ave.
Biggs, CA 95917
530-868-5151
www.LavenderRanch.com
California Farming since 1865,
Lavender Ranch welcomes you to
step onto the land and experience the
essence and beauty of their lavender
fields. Their flowering fields are in high
bloom in May and June annually, and
the ranch gives many tours during that

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WELCOME HUNTERS
& FISHERMEN!

GRIDLEY INN & RV PARK
• 25 Room Hotel
• 46 Full Hookup RV Sites
• Laundry/Pool/Jacuzzi
• Walk to stores & dining
• Free Wireless Internet

ROOST AT GRIDLEY…

A MILLION WILD BIRDS CAN’T BE WRONG!

Call or visit our website today!

(530) 846-4520

1490 Hwy 99, Gridley CA 95948

Toll Free: (877) 846-4520

www.gridleyinnrv.com
email: gridleyinnrv@sbcglobal.net

• 14 Mile Yard Sale
• Christmas Parade
• Christmas Craft Show
• Community Awards Evening

Gridley Area Chamber
of Commerce
Gridley Business
Improvement District
Serving Gridley, Biggs &
Surrounding Areas
880 Hazel Street., Gridley
846-3142 . gbid@att.net

Lavender Ranch
time of the year.
Lavender has a sweet, floral,
herbaceous scent with a woody
undertone, and is used in many beauty
products and soaps, as well as in sachets,
and also in recipes for salads, meats,
desserts and drinks. All of Lavender
Ranch’s products are grown, distilled
and created on the ranch, assuring
quality control.
Though best known for uses on the
skin and hair, if you check Lavender
Ranch’s website, you will also find a
number of different recipes to try. Their
products can be purchased at the ranch
(their Garden House Boutique is open
Monday through Saturday), online or at
local farmers markets.
We keep a bouquet atop a chest in our
bedroom closet, just because the scent is
so very lovely.

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Sutter Buttes

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Windfall of
Waterfowl

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
8 Miles Southwest of Gridley,
Pennington/Almond Orchard Rds.
530-846-7505
Managed by the
California Dept. of Fish
and Game, its 9,182 acres
are among the most
extensively used seasonal CALIFORNIA
WATCHABLE
wetlands in the Pacific
WILDLIFE
Flyway. More than 80
miles of roads run through the area with
more than 50 miles of trails available
for hikers and bicyclists. Gray Lodge is
an official California Watchable Wildlife
site.
Year round you may observe several
species of resident waterfowl, as well as a
vast number of migratory passerines and
shore birds.
Many
raptors, deer, and
other wildlife are
commonly observed
in the area.
Sandhill cranes
and migratory
waterfowl begin
returning to the area
in early fall. Waterfowl
viewing is best from
November

through January. It is highly
recommended you bring insect repellent
and sunscreen for your comfort. Fishing
is available until October.

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Marvel
at the
Mountains

Sutter Buttes
2 miles from Gray Lodge Wildlife
Area • 530-634-6387
Privately owned; tours are available
Formed one and a half to two and a

half million years ago, the Sutter
Buttes are the world’s smallest
complete mountain range and can
be seen for miles around.
Many Maidu Indian villages were once
located near the Buttes, and the Indians
called them the Spirit Mountains
believing that their spirits went there
after death.
The Buttes were also an important
lookout point for early pioneers and
military scouts, and today are
enjoyed by thousands who annually
come to photograph or capture their
beauty on canvas. Scenic drive markers
direct motorists around the exterior of
the Buttes.

RiGHT on the Highway
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(530) 797-9298
1308 Hwy. 99, Gridley

Hwy 99 at Spruce in Gridley

846-4724
1-800-660-4724

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Bicentennial
Living
Witness
Tree & Mural Musings

Murals in Gridley • Tree in Live
Oak, south of Gridley on Hwy 99
There are only 55 trees identified
in the nation as having been standing
at the time of the signing of the
Constitution. One of those, a Valley Oak,
stands in Live Oak.
Each tree identified by the LivingWitness Tree Program reflects a
longterm commitment by local tree
care professionals who provide life-time
care. Co-sponsors of the Live Oak Tree
are Arborists Scot Wineland of Chico’s
Wineland Walnuts, and Meg Burgin, of
Live Oak’s Domestique Tree and Garden
Service.
In 1997 Gridley initiated a mural

program which has grown yearly.
They’re all well done, and if you stop by
the Chamber of Commerce, they’ll give
you a map with exact locations.

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There’s
Lots
More!

We hope you’ll use “101 Things to Do
In & Around Butte County” on a regular
basis if you’re a resident, and that it will
be your guide to what’s what if you’re
a visitor. For brochures of attractions,
maps of hiking and biking trails (as well
as mural locations) and lists of activities
and events, we also hope you’ll utilize
our county’s many other resources listed
in the next column. You’ll soon realize
that this county is blessed with a larger
variety of opportunities for fun and
growth than most any place we know.
Treasures abound!

A BIT OF GRIDLEY HISTORY
At the foot of the ancient Sutter
Buttes, in the heart of California’s
golden Sacramento Valley, with
the Feather River two and a half
miles on the East, lies the City of
Gridley. Here is a city which has
always had plenty of opportunities
for industry, farming and living.
The town of Gridley is named after
George W. Gridley who came here
from Galena, Illinois. In 1850 he attempted to drive sheep and cattle
across the plains to California. He
lost the animals, but arrived safely
himself and settled here.
Gridley is surrounded by a very
fertile region that has an abundance of water, good drainage
and the long season necessary for
growing things. You name it; you
can grow it in Gridley! The soil
is sediment brought here in the
past ages by the overflow from the
Feather River is well adapted to
irrigation. Gridley is one of those
clean, well-kept towns that everyone who has ever driven through
thinks, “Now there is a nice town

in which to live!”
The early settlers began to come
around the year 1869. Soon the
increase in population created a
demand for more household supplies and stores were built. The first
one was built in 1872, the proprietor
being Mr. L. C. Stone. Next a flour
mill was built.
Soon a row of business houses
was erected and known as the
“Stone Block”. On the opposite side
of the street another business block
was built by a man named Shaw.
The street now known as Virginia
Street was formerly the famous
“Battle Row” for in one block there
were six saloons.
There are still many well preserved turn-of-the-century homes
on Hazel Street. The restored Hazel
Hotel boasts of wonderful retail
stores with affordable senior housing upstairs.
More of Gridley’s history can
be found in the Gridley Museum
at 601 Kentucky Street.

QUICK RESOURCES
Chambers of Commerce
Chico: 441 Main St., Ste. 150,

PO Box 3300, Chico CA 95927

530-891-5556, 800-852-8570

www.chicochamber.com
Gridley: 880 Hazel St., 530-846-3142

www.gridleyareachamber.com
Oroville: 1789 Montgomery

530-538-2542, 800-655-GOLD

www.orovillechamber.net

www.lakeoroville.net
Paradise: 5550 Skyway, 530-877-9356

www.paradisechamber.com

Butte County Libraries
Biggs:
464-A B St. • 530-868-5724
Chico: 1108 Sherman • 891-2761
Durham: 2545 Durham-Dayton Hwy

530-343-4094
Gridley: 299 Spruce • 530-846-3323
Oroville: 1820 Mitchell• 538-7641
Paradise: 5922 Clark • 530-872-6319
Paradise Genealogy Society:

5587 Scottwood • 877-2330

Parks & Recreation Departments
Chico: 545 Vallombrosa, 530-895-4711

www.chicorec.com
Durham: 9447 Midway, 530-345-1921

www.durhamrec.com
Gridley: 685 Kentucky, 530-846-3264

www.gridley.ca.us
Oroville: 1875 Feather River Blvd.,

530-533-2011 · www.frrpd.com
Paradise: 6626 Skyway 530-872-6393

www.paradiseprpd.com

The Little

Crew that Could

Publisher: David A. Miller
Editor: Patti Day-Miller
Sales Associates:
Lisa Beebe & Patti Day-Miller
Graphic Design:
Mary Younie
Front Cover: Mary Younie
Photos: David Miller, Lanny Dragon,
Lisa Beebe, Jean Brown, Bruce Johnson

P.O. Box 5006 Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-4128
E-mail: dave@diggernews.com

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Oroville

Oroville
Hospital

Gridley

QUILICI
VINEYARDS

Paradise

Orchard
Hospital

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Feather
River
Hospital

Chico

Bidwell Park
Chico, California

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Olive Hill

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By Appointment Mon. - Fri. 9 am to 4 pm

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5859 Clark Rd.

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Oroville

Chico

2660 Olive Hwy.
2590 Feather River Blvd.

2398 The Esplanade
757 East Avenue • 1930 E. 20th St.