A few days ago, Chuck Doud, the publisher of The Madera Tribune, wrote an article about a trip he made recently to the northern part of the state in which he and Mrs. Doud had the exciting experience of visiting the home of California pioneer John Bidwell in Chico.
Doud told how Bidwell had once worked for Captain John Sutter and then moved up to the Chico area and built a beautiful home that is now part of a California State Park.
I was fascinated with the article because I am fascinated by John Bidwell and find myself unable to resist the temptation to tell a bit about the man myself. I am taken with how he came to California and what happened to him just after he got here.
Bidwell was living in Missouri in 1840 when he got a letter from a friend of his, John Marsh, describing the wonders of California in such sonorous terms that he “resolved to see that wonderful land.”...