Fun Fact #67
Bidwell Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the country.

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-- Butte Country Pioneer Memorial Museum features one historic treasure after another - a grand old clock from Bidwell Bar, a Dunham & Sons piano that came around the Horn, elaborate women's fans, antique dolls, (including a doll from the Donner Party), the original Oregon City School organ, an extensive hat collection that includes an 1849 bonnet worn by a wagon-trainer, Indian basket and arrowhead collection, a buffalo robe, and a display about the museum's founder (and mother of the famous Betty Davis), Florence Danforth Boyle. Open Fri.-Sun., 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $2 for adults ($1.50 a person for groups of 15 or more), children under 12 free. Call (530) 538-2497 for more information. -- From 1870-1886, the gold-mining town of Cherokee boomed with 17 saloons, eight hotels, three lodge halls, two churches, a school, a race track and its own brewery. President Rutherford B. Hayes and General Sherman visited Cherokee at the height of its boom times. More than 200 diamonds of commercial quality were also found. Old gold mining artifacts and other memorabilia from the pioneer era are on display at the Cherokee Museum. Take Table Mountain Blvd. To Cherokee Road. Call (530) 533-1849 for a tour. -- Chico Museum, 141 Salem St., Chico, was built in 1904 as a Carnegie Library. Extensively remodeled in 1939, the distinctive architecture qualified the building for the National Register of Historic Places. It contains 3,000 square feet of exhibit space in three galleries and 1,600 square feet of collection and storage space. Exhibits change two to three times annually and focus on preserving and interpreting the history and culture of Chico, Butte County and Northern California. More than 60 exhibits have been displayed since 1986. Cost is $1 adults and .50 cents for children. Open Wed., Thurs., Fri., and Sun 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Sat. hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (530) 891-4336 for more information. -- Oroville Chinese Temple & Garden, 1500 Broderick St., Oroville, was financed by the emperor of China and built in 1863 to serve a community of 10,000 Chinese. The three-chapel structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and first opened to visitors during California's 1949 Centennial. Tapestry Hall was added in 1968 to display a priceless collection of Chinese and American costumes arranged to contrast the two cultures by decades from 1850 to 1930. Relax and stroll through the garden area, which was designed as a place for meditation and reflection and includes plantings that originated in China. Open daily from 12 a.m.-4:00 p.m. closed Dec. 15-Jan 31. Cost is $2 for Adults; children under 12 free. Call (530) 538-2496 for group tour reservations or visit for more information.-- Gold Nugget Museum, 502 Pearson Rd., Paradise, not only features a collection of dolls, guns, minerals (housed in a walk-through mine) and farm and blacksmith equipment, but it is also a “living” museum where school children can experience life in the 1800's. There is a one-room schoolhouse, a covered bridge, gold panning sluices, an in-ground Maidu grinding rock and much more. A replica of a 54-pound gold nugget (the largest ever found in North America) also resides in the museum. The original was found near Paradise. Open 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. No cost. Visit for more information.


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