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History of Chico, California, USA

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Chico, California, USA

Chico, Butte, CA

The first recorded Europeans arrived in 1832. That same year, approximately 75% of the Indian population in California died from epidemics of disease brought by the Europeans.

In 1848, General John Bidwell, a member of the first covered wagon trains to California, was among several miners who discovered gold on the Feather River. This event sparked a rush of prospectors into the Butte County area. With his riches, Bidwell bought 28,000 acres in both sides of Chico Creek and opened the first store of the Gold Rush (located on the corner of 1st and Main – now Tres Hombres Restaurant). The city of Chico was founded in 1860 and later incorporated in 1872.

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  • 1860 - Chico is settled


  • January 8, 1872 - Chico is incorporated


  • 1895 - Chico
    Chico, chee'ko, a post-village of Butte co, Cal., on the Oregon division of the Central Pacific Railroad, 96 miles N. of Sacramento, and on Chico Cree...Read MORE...


  • News 1908 - THEATER BURNS.
    Chico, Cal., March 24. - The Star theater here was gutted by fire this morning. The blaze started by a moving picture machine. Several stores in the v...Read MORE...


  • Chico, California, USA
    Diamond Match Company's Plant Near Chico, California. (1910)

    "The Barber Neighborhood is a working class residential neighborhood in Chico, California, generally south of Little Chico Creek and west of Park avenue. The Barber Neighborhood... Read MORE...

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  • Chico, California, USA
    Cherry Tree, 60 years old, Chico Rancho, Chico, Cal. (1915)
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  • 1916
    Chico, chee'ko, a banking city of Butte co., Cal., on the Southern Pacific R., 96 miles N. of Sacramento. It has fruit and canning industries, manufac...Read MORE...


  • News 1927 - CHICO COLLEGE BUILDING RAZED. EFFORTS OF FIREMEN TO CHECK FLAMES PROVE UNAVAILING; LOSS $500,000.
    Chico, Cal., Aug. 12. - (AP) - The main building of the State Teachers College of Chico was destroyed tonight by fire said to have started with an exp...Read MORE...


  • Chico, California, USA
    Willard Motel, Shasta Highway (U.S. 99E) 1 Mile No. of City LImits, Chico, Cal.
    "A Motel for Commercial Men"
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  • 1953 - August 29 - KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Diamond Match Company's Plant Near Chico, California. (1910)

"The Barber Neighborhood is a working class residential neighborhood in Chico, California, generally south of Little Chico Creek and west of Park avenue. The Barber Neighborhood... Read MORE...

Postcard

Chico, California, USA
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Cherry Tree, 60 years old, Chico Rancho, Chico, Cal. (1915)
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Chico, California, USA
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Willard Motel, Shasta Highway (U.S. 99E) 1 Mile No. of City LImits, Chico, Cal.
"A Motel for Commercial Men"
Postcard
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History and News of Chico, California, USA

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  • 1860 - Chico is settled
  • January 8, 1872 - Chico is incorporated
  • 1895 - Chico
    Chico, chee'ko, a post-village of Butte co, Cal., on the Oregon division of the Central Pacific Railroad, 96 miles N. of Sacramento, and on Chico... Read MORE...

  • News  1908 - THEATER BURNS.
    Chico, Cal., March 24. - The Star theater here was gutted by fire this morning. The blaze started by a moving picture machine. Several stores in the... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Chico, chee'ko, a banking city of Butte co., Cal., on the Southern Pacific R., 96 miles N. of Sacramento. It has fruit and canning industries,... Read MORE...

  • News  1927 - CHICO COLLEGE BUILDING RAZED. EFFORTS OF FIREMEN TO CHECK FLAMES PROVE UNAVAILING; LOSS $500,000.
    Chico, Cal., Aug. 12. - (AP) - The main building of the State Teachers College of Chico was destroyed tonight by fire said to have started with an... Read MORE...

  • 1953 - August 29 - KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

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