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:
The book is 8.5 x 11 Inches in size and contains 140+ pages.
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.
NEW PUBLICATION AVAILABLE AS OF September 2016
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 www.Lulu.com 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.
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
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