The town of Bidwell had an active business community when the Butte Record, the first newspaper in Butte County, published the first issue on November, 12, 1853. The merchants took an interesting approach in seeking customors, as illustrated by the following examples.


The subscriber having just replenished his bar with a large supply of the choicest liquors, cigars, cordials, an in fact all the appurtenances of a first-class house, that an be obtained in California solicits a continuance of the liberal patronage that this old customers have therefore extended to him, and pledges himself to do all in his power to merit the same. He would call particular attention to these splendid articles of “Old Pony Brandy,” and “Old Bourbon Whiskey” that he has on hand. E. S. PRATT


The undersigned, thankful for past favors, would respectfully inform the public that they are on hand to execute all work in the line of horse and ox showing, making and repairing mill irons, miners tools carriage work &c, with promptness and on reasonable terms. Brown & Spear


The subscribers having recently fitted up their extensive barn and stables are prepared to furnish quarters for a large number of animals where the best quality of hay and grain may always be found. Saddle horses to let, stock taken on livery. Animals bought and sold when deired. C. H. Pierson & Co.


Those of our friends, and others, wishing to become subscribers to the Record, and more particularly those residents in the mountain and mining towns of butte County, will confer a favor by sending us, without delay, their names and addresses, and the conveyance by which they would prefer to have their paper sent to them. (Note: the annual subscription was $7/year or $4/for 6 months)


Dickenson & Stomes would respectfully inform the citizens of Butte County that they have opened a shop at Bidwell’s town for the manufactory of all kinds of tin an sheet Iron ware. Orders filled at short notice. Job work done with dispatch. Cool and heating stoves for sale.


Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Bidwell Bar, and the surrounding mining community, that they are now in receipt of a large and well selected stock, COMPOSED OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES. Clothing of all kinds Boots and Shoes, Blankets, Comforts, Counterpanes, Duck, Drilling and Sheeting. Groceries, Provisions, Liquors and Cigars. Mining tools and miners supplies generally, which they offer CHEAP FOR CASH. the attention of the ladies, is particularly requested, to examine the large assortment of Calicoes, Delanes, Merino’s Flannel, Irish Linen, Gloves, Lace, Ribbon, and a choice variety of Rousell’s Fancy Perfumery, in connection with all the desirable notions and trimmings necessary to a ladies outfit.They are also agents for Fargo’s Express, and are ever ready, to execute business with promptness and dispatch


The subscribers having recently built and fitted up in the most substantial manner an establishment of the above character, is now prepared to furnish his customers with all sorts of delicacies as also the substantial’s of life, where they can at all times of day or night walk in and rest their weary limbs and partake of and refresh the inner individual with coffee, tea and chocolate, Baltimore cove, Oysters, Quail, Snipe, and other game. The bar is supplied with the best of liquors, cigars, & c, served up by Mack, who knows how it should be done in the bread and pastry line. He intends to stand foremost in this market having had a long experience at the business. Balls and parties supplied at short notice with every description of cake and other fixings. He confidently expects to merit as he respectfully solicits a liberal share of the publick (sic public) patronage, south side plaza. G. Lamp
Charles F. Lott, Attorney and counselor at law and notary public, practices in all the courts of the district, office three doors above the national hotel.


Miners Store.Wholesale and Retail Dealers in Groceries, Liquors, Provisions, Clothing, and all kinds of Miners supplies & c.


Deeds, Mortgages, notice of Pre-emption Claims &c. & c., drawn at any time, on reasonable terms. Office in the Court House, Bidwell.
W. T. SEXTON - District Attorney of Butte County- Office third door above National Hotel.


Lewis & Harris – Attorneys and counselors at Law. Office fifth door above “Our House._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

More details about other local businesses are availble on the linked pages below.

- Stone Buildings

- Bendle Store

- Gluckauf Store

- Hess Store

- National Hotel

- Union House