California Historical Landmarks in Butte County

California Historical Landmark 330
Bidwell's Bar
Bidwell Bar Boat Launch Parking Lot
End of Bidwell Canyon Road
Lake Oroville
Founded 1853

California Historical Landmark 330: Bidwells Bar at Lake Oroville
  California Historical Landmark 330: Bidwells Bar at Lake Oroville
24 April 2013
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Erected by Argonaut Parlor No. 8.
Native Sons of the Golden West
Butte County Board of Supervisors

To designate the site of the second county seat of Butte County

Bidwell Bar
1853 - 1856

Site of the Court House was 120 yds west of this point. Marked by small monument.

Lake Oroville
24 April 2013
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The marker was erected in 1917 about one mile northeast of its present location before the Feather River was dammed to create Lake Oroville.

The site of the courthouse now lies beneath the lake.

Underwater in California

The damming of rivers and creeks inundated many 19th century cemeteries, buildings and entire towns.

Bagby (Merced River)
Bidwell's Bar (Feather River)
Camanche (Mokelumne River)
Condemned Bar (American River)
Jacksonville (Tuolumne River)

Middle Bar (Pardee River)
Mormon Island, (American River)
Negro Hill (American River)
Poverty Bar (Mokelumne River)
Reynold's House (Silver Creek)

Salmon Falls (American River)
Searsville (Corte Madera Creek)
Whiskeytown (Clear Creek)

The town of Volcano in Amador County had a close call in 1934 but was granted a reprieve and survives today.

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