Published Research

A new book
A Short Golden Life... The Town of Bidwell at Bidwell's Bar 1848 -1860 
is available as of September 2016. See details below.

Town of Bidwell at Bidwell's Bar: Boom to Bust, 1848-1860

The Butte County Historical Society has published a portion of my of research in 
a special issue publication titled The Town of Bidwell at Bidwell's Bar: Boom to Bust 1848 - 1860. 
All funds from the sale of this publication remain with the Butte County Historical Society.

 They can be contacted at:
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The  book is 8.5 x 11 Inches in size and contains 140+ pages.
Chapter                                Topic
     1.               Overview of Bidwell's Bar History
     2.               What Is The Name Of This Place?
     3.               AAA Map Of Bidwell, CA (circa 1853 -1856
     4.               Nuggets from the Bidwell Property Deeds
     5.               Bidwell's Bar Post Office at Bidwell
     6.               Community Organizations and Activities
     7.               The Butte Record Newspaper - A Town's Voice
     8.               Bidwell's Bar a.k.a. Bidwell Cemetery
     9.               Bidwell after 1856
     10.             The National Hotel at Bidwell and the John F. Thompson and
                       C.A. Bancroft Involvement
     11              The Pine Knot Mining Company
     12.             Bliven Wanted To Build the Bidwell's Bar Bridge
     13.             Crossing The Feather River at Bidwell's Bar 1850 -1860
The publication is indexed and contains many supporting documents, photos and a townsite map of Bidwell.
A second book titled A Short Golden Life ... The Town of Bidwell at Bidwell's Bar 1848 -1860 is now available.
This book can be purchased at the Butte County Historical Society Museum or online at by entering the book title:  A Short Golden Life or the words Bidwell Bar in the search box.

This 8.5 x 11 inch, 300+ page book contains new original source material, expanding beyond topics covered in the first volume. Detailed source information is provided and the chapter content is indexed for easy reference. A updated map is provided showing many new details. The book contains the following chapters.

Chapter                                   Topic
     1                 Reports Back Home to Iowa City
     2                 George W. Hess and His Business Enterprises
     3                 Randall Hobart's Bidwell Legacy
     4                 Why A Street Named Newcomb?
     5                 The Union House at Bidwell
     6                 Joseph Gluckauf -Businessman/Entrepreneur
     7                 The Shade Hotel
     8                 Bidwell's Other Hotel
     9                 Financing Butte County Government
     10               Building the Suspension Bridge at Bidwell's Bar
     11               Peoples Ferry
     12               A New River - The Feather River and Ophir Ditch
     13               Sawmills and River Mining
     14               Gold vs Government
     15               The Day of Decision
     16               May Day Ball at Bidwell
     17               John Bendel's Store at Bidwell's Bar
     18               The Bidwell Fire of 1859
     19               Elusive Gold and Fleeting Dreams
     20               The Last Toll Bridge in Butte County
     21               Monument Stone vs Ink
     22               Where is the Chapter about the Mother Orange Tree?

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Butte County Historical Society. However, no commercial or financial arrangement exists between us related to these publications. All funds generated by the sale of the publications remains with the Butte County Historical Society. We simply share a mutual interest in the research and documentation of Butte County history.

 September 10, 2016