Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Butte County

Colonial Hotel in Biggs
Colonial Hotel in Biggs

  Mural in Gridley
Mural in Gridley

  Los Angeles Aqueduct at Mazourka Canyon Road
Los Angeles Aqueduct at Mazourka Canyon Road

  Doe Mill Ridge
Doe Mill Ridge
All Photos September 2013

Bordered by the mighty Sacramento River and dominated by the tumultuous Feather River's four main branches, Butte County is a land of plentiful water, fabulous agricultural soils and high mountains. Here the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range of the Pacific Northwest meets the uplifted Sierra Nevada Range. Eons of river-born soil deposits created hundreds of square miles of the finest agricultural soils.

Today agriculture in Butte County includes nut orchards (walnuts, almonds and pistachios), olives, citrus, rice, vineyards and kiwi fruit as well as cattle and sheep in areas where lava rock dominates. Timbered areas of the county have produced lumber and other forest products, including being a major supplier of naval stores (made from pine resins) for the Union Navy during the Civil War.

Source: Butte County Historical Society

Name Address City Year Authority ID Sort Address Sort Name
14 Mile HouseState Route 32 at 14 Mile House DriveForest Ranch1864POI Route 3214 Mile House
Allen-Sommer-Gage House 410 Normal AvenueChicoNational1977000288Normal 0410 Allen-Sommer-Gage House
Autumn HarvestKelly Ridge RoadLake Oroville Visitor CenterPOIKelly RidgeAutumn Harvest
Bidwell Bar Bridge and TollhouseBidwell Canyon RoadLake Oroville State Recreation AreaPOIBidwell CanyonBidwell Bar Bridge and Tollhouse
Bidwell Mansion 525 The EsplanadeChicoNational1972000216Esplanade 0525Bidwell Mansion
Bidwell's BarBidwell Canyon RoadLake Oroville1853California330Bidwell CanyonBidwell's Bar
Carnegie Library: Biggs464 B StreetBiggsPOI Street BCarnegie Library: Biggs
Carnegie Library: Chico141 Salem StreetChicoPOISalem 0141Carnegie Library: Chico
Carnegie Library: Gridley519 Kentucky StreetGridleyPOIKentucky 0519Carnegie Library: Gridley
Carnegie Library: Oroville1675 Montgomery StreetOrovilleNational2007000405Montgomery 1675Carnegie Library: Oroville
Centerville CemeteryCenterville Road at Pasa WayCentervillePOICentervilleCenterville Cemetery
Centerville Schoolhouse 13548 Centerville RoadCenterville1894National1972000219CentervilleCenterville Schoolhouse
Chapman House 256 East 12th StreetChicoNational1982002170 Street 12 0256Chapman House
CherokeeCherokee RoadCherokee1853POICherokeeCherokee
Chico Forestry Station and NurseryEast 8th Street In Bidwell ParkChico1888California840.2 Street 08Chico Forestry Station and Nursery
Chico Post Office141 West 5th StreetChicoNational1985000122 Street 05 0141Chico Post Office
Dogtown Nugget Discovery SiteOld Skyway Between New Skyway and Indian DriveMagalia1859California771Old SkywayDogtown Nugget Discovery Site
Durham House 2280 Durham Dayton HighwayDurham1874National1992000316Durham Dayton 2280 Durham House
Edison Building2016 Bird StreetOroville1879POIBird 0216Edison Building
First Banking Institution in OphirMyers and Montgomery StreetsOroville1855POIMyersFirst Banking Institution in Ophir
First Sawmill Site2332 Montgomery StreetOrovillePOIMontgomeryFirst Sawmill Site
Gianella Bridge State Highway 32Hamilton City1911National1982004614State Highway 032Gianella Bridge
Hazel Hotel 850-890 Hazel and 602-620 KentuckyGridleyNational2001000705Hazel 0850Hazel Hotel
Honey Run Covered Bridge Honey Run Humbug RoadChicoNational1988000920Honey Run HumbugHoney Run Covered Bridge
Hooker OakManzanita Avenue Between Vallombrosa and Hooker Oak AvenueChico1887California313ManzanitaHooker Oak
Inskip Hotel 18735 Skyway HighwayInskip1868National1975000425Skyway 0500Inskip Hotel
Last Yahi Indian2547 Oroville-Quincy HighwayOrovilleCalifornia809Oroville-Quincy 2547 Last Yahi Indian
LovelockSkyway Highway near Lovelock RoadLovelockPOISkyway 0200Lovelock
Magalia Community Church 13700 Old SkywayMagalia1904National1982002172Skyway 0110Magalia Community Church
Magalia Depot & Butte County Railroad6818 Old Skyway RoadMagaliaPOISkyway 0120Magalia Depot & Butte County Railroad
Morris Ravine SchoolOregon Gulch RoadNear Thermalito Diversion Pool1863POIOregon GulchMorris Ravine School
Mother Orange Tree of Butte County 400 Glen DriveOroville1856California1043Glenn 0400Mother Orange Tree of Butte County
Nelsons BarLime Sand RoadLake Oroville State Recreation Area1850POILime SandNelsons Bar
Old Paradise Depot Black Olive Drive North of Pearson RoadParadisePOIBlack OliveOld Paradise Depot
Oregon CityOregon Gulch Road at Oregon City TrailOregon City1848California807Oregon GulchOregon City
Oregon City CemeteryOregon Gulch RoadOregon City1878POIOregon GulchOregon City Cemetery
Oroville Chinese Temple 1500 Broderick StreetOroville1863California770Broderick 1500 Oroville Chinese Temple
Oroville Chinese Temple 1500 Broderick StreetOrovilleNational1976000478Broderick 1500 Oroville Chinese Temple
Oroville Commercial DistrictMontgomery, Myers, Huntoon Streets and Miner AlleyOrovilleNational1983001174MontgomeryOroville Commercial District
Oroville Inn 2066 Bird StreetOrovilleNational1990001431Bird 2066 Oroville Inn
Oroville Main Post Office 1735 Robinson StreetOrovilleNational1985000123Robinson 1735Oroville Main Post Office
Oroville Masonic Temple1470 Oliver StreetOroville1856POIOliver 1470Oroville Masonic Temple
Patrick Ranch10381 MidwayChicoNational1972000217Midway 10381Patrick Ranch
Pulga BridgesState Route 70 Over North Fork of Feather RiverFeather River Scenic BywayPOI070-10Pulga Bridges
Rancho Chico and Bidwell Adobe525 EsplanadeChico1845California329Esplanade 0525Rancho Chico and Bidwell Adobe
Sharp House990 Normal AvenueChicoPOINormal 0990Sharp House
Silberstein Park Building 426-434 BroadwayChicoNational1983001175Broadway 0426Silberstein Park Building
South of Campus Neighborhood Bounded by West 2nd, Normal, West 6th and Cherry StreetsChicoNational1991000636 Street 02South of Campus Neighborhood
Southern Pacific Depot 430 Orange StreetChicoNational1987000001Orange 0430Southern Pacific Depot
St. John's Episcopal Church 230 Salem StreetChicoNational1982002171Salem 0230St. John's Episcopal Church
Stansbury House 307 West 5th StreetChicoNational1975000424 Street 05 0307Stansbury House
State Theatre 1489 Myers StreetOrovilleNational1991001383Myers 1489State Theatre
Stirling CitySkyway Highway near Retson RoadStirling CityPOISkyway 0300Stirling City
Suspension BridgeBidwell Canyon RoadLake Oroville1856California314Bidwell CanyonSuspension Bridge
Yankee HillYankee Hill RoadYankee Hill1856POIYankee HillYankee Hill
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