California Historical Landmarks in Butte County
California Historical Landmark 1043
Mother Orange Tree of Butte County
400 Glen Drive
Judge Joseph Lewis planted this Mediterranean Sweet Orange seedling near the toll bridge at Bidwell's Bar, Butte County, in 1856. It has survived hard times and is the oldest living orange tree in California. "From its example and largely from its offspring, a new industry was started in a new section hundreds of miles north of a known citrus region. It was a true Pioneer." - Dr. H. J. Webber, Director, Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside, 1927. The Mother Orange was moved from Bidwell Bar during the construction of Oroville Dam in 1964 to protect it from inundation.
Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation