Fun Fact #21
Alcohol was a forbidden beverage in the Bidwell home.

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Rich fertile valley soil. Rolling hills. Volcanic peaks and mesas. Dramatic canyons carved by beautiful streams and rivers. Butte County is a diverse 1,050,000 acres. Its highest point is Humboldt Peak at 7,870 feet, while the lowest point is about 90 feet above sea level. Large areas of this rural area are preserved unaltered in the nearly 60,000 acres of parkland and wildlife preserves within the county.

If you enjoy bicycling, hiking, birdwatching, fishing, or any other outdoor endeavor, Butte County's natural beauty and unique positioning afford great adventure. The valley remains a vital wintering site for 60% of the waterfowl that migrate through the Pacific Flyway. Ducks, geese, swans and many other graceful birds literally cover the sky from September through March.

From mid-February to mid-March, Butte County's countryside of almond, prune, kiwi, pear and apple orchards blossom into color. The orchard show is followed by an encore of spectacular wildflowers that bloom throughout the area from March to June, weather permitting.

The 3,600-acre Bidwell Park (the third largest municipal park in the United States) sprouts a variety of wildflowers including lupine, poppies, delphiniums, buttercups, and western redbuds. The Sutter Buttes, near Gridley (the namesake of Butte County) are known as the smallest mountain range in the world. The majestic buttes feature 15,000 acres of springtime color, while Table Mountain in Oroville, is hailed as the premier location for viewing wildflowers in Northern California. Vina Plains Preserve, just 13 miles north of Chico, features endangered meadowfoam, vernal pools and splendid wildflowers.

History and culture are not forgotten here. Original inhabitants included the Mechoopda and Concow bands of the Maidu Indians. Four recognized tribes still survive today in the county.

Gold mining and logging provided economic stability in the past. Today, agriculture, retail, medical, educational and cultural fronts are alive and flourishing.

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