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City of Chico, California
Rancho del Arroyo Chico
Kendall Hall at California State University, Chico

Seal
Nickname: City of Roses, City of Trees
Location of Chico in California
Coordinates: 39°44′24″N 121°50′8″W / 39.74, -121.83556
Country United States
State California
County Butte
Settled 1843
Founded 1860
Incorporated January 8, 1872
Government
 - Mayor Andrew Holcombe
 - City Council Scott Gruendl

Steve Bertagna
Larry Wahl
Ann Schwab
Mary Flynn
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Tom Nickell
 - City Manager
Area
 - Total 27.8 sq mi (71.9 km²)
 - Land 27.7 sq mi (71.8 km²)
 - Water > .01 sq mi (0.036 km²)
Elevation 245 ft (74 m)
Population (2006 City estimate)
 - City 84,396
 - Density 2,161.0/sq mi (834.5/km²)
 - Urban 105,080[1]
 - Metro 212,968
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 95926, 95927, 95928, 95929, 95973
Area code(s) 530
FIPS code 06-13014
GNIS feature ID 1655890
Website: http://www.chico.ca.us

Chico (pop. 84,396) is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. The city is a cultural, economic, and educational center of the northern Sacramento Valley. Chico is home to California State University, Chico and Bidwell Park, one of the 25 largest municipal parks in the country.[1] Other major cities in the Chico Metropolitan Area include Paradise and Oroville. The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... For other uses, see City (disambiguation). ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... The Pacific Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... PDT is UTC-7 The Pacific Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-8). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Butte County is a county located in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, north of state capital Sacramento. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Sacramento Valley is the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta. ... California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ... Upper Parks nature, part of Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a municipal park located in Chico, California. ... Paradise is an incorporated town in Butte County, in the northwest foothills of Californias Central Valley, in the Sierra. ... Oroville is the county seat of Butte County, California. ...

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History

Main article: History of Chico, California

// The original inhabitants of Chico were the Mechoopda Maidu. ...

The Bidwell Era

The original inhabitants of Chico were the Mechoopda Maidu. The Mechoopda is a Native American tribe located in northern California. ... The Maidu are a group of Native Americans who lived in Northern California. ...


Chico was founded by General John Bidwell, a member of one of the first wagon trains to reach California in 1843. Bidwell first came to the area in that same year as an employee of John Sutter. John Bidwell John Bidwell (August 5, 1819- April 4, 1900) was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician and philanthropist. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ...


In 1844, Arroyo Chico was granted by California Governor Manuel Michetorena under Mexican law, to William Dickey. William Paul Dickey (October 13, 1883 – February 17, 1950) was an American diver who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics. ...


In two separate purchases in 1849 and 1851, Bidwell acquired the 28,000 acre Rancho del Arroyo Chico. He filed a claim for the land with the US Lands Commission in 1852, and the claim was confirmed the next year. After a subsequent legal challenge, the claim was confirmed by the US District Court for the Northern District in 1855, and eventually by the US Supreme Court. The title patent was signed by President James Buchanan in 1860. The United States district courts are the general trial courts of the United States federal court system. ... The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... James Buchanan (April 23, 1791 – June 1, 1868) was the 15th president of the United States (1857–1861). ...


A treaty of "peace and friendship" was signed on September 18, 1853 between the Mechoopda, and other tribes of the area near Bidwell's Ranch; Indians at Reading's Ranch at Colusa; and tribes along the Consumnes and Yuba rivers. United States Indian Agent O. M. Wozencraft represented the U.S. Government at Bidwell's Ranch. is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The Mechoopda is a Native American tribe located in northern California. ... Colusa is the county seat of Colusa County, California. ... The Cosumnes River is a tributary of the Mokelumne River, approximately 80 mi (128. ... The Yuba River is an important river in California and a major tributary of the Feather River, which is a tributary of the Sacramento River. ...


The Butte Flume and Lumber Co. built a flume from Butte Meadows down Big Chico Creek in 1872, completing it in 1874. This flume would supply the Diamond Match Company with lumber for its operations. Butte County is a county located in Californias Central Valley, north of Sacramento. ... Big Chico Creek originates on Colby Mountain, located in Tehama County, California. ...


The City of Chico was founded in 1860 by General John Bidwell. That year, Bidwell requested the county send a surveyor to lay out the city street grid. John Bidwell John Bidwell (August 5, 1819- April 4, 1900) was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician and philanthropist. ...


Chico was the starting point of the Koncow Trail of Tears also called the Nome Cult Trail. On August 28, 1863 all Konkow Maidu were to be at the Bidwell Ranch to be taken to the Round Valley Reservation at Covelo in Mendocino County. Any Indians remaining in the area were to be shot. 435 Maidu were rounded up and marched under guard west out of the Sacramento Valley and through to the Coastal Range. 461 Indians started the trek, 277 finished. They reached Round Valley on September 18, 1863. is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Maidu are a group of Native Americans who lived in Northern California. ... The Maidu are a group of Native Americans who lived in Northern California. ... Covelo is a census-designated place located in Mendocino County, California. ... Mendocino County is a county located on Californias north coast, north of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma County and west of the Central Valley. ... The Sacramento Valley is the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta. ... A Coastal range is any range of mountains forming a coastline. ... History of the Round Valley Indians The Round Valley Indiansconsists of the Covelo Indian Community. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


The city became incorporated January 8, 1872. is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1877, anti-Chinese riots erupted.


In 1892, Chico's Founder, John Bidwell, was the Prohibition Party candidate for President of the United States. The Bidwell/Cranfill ticket received 271,058 votes, or 2.3% nationwide. It was the largest total vote and highest percentage of the vote received by any Prohibition Party national ticket. The Madison Bear Garden at Second and Salem Streets was the Prohibition party headquarters. Several streets in Chico are named after prominent prohibitionists such as Neal Dow Avenue, West and East Frances Willard Streets, and Tom Polk avenue. National Prohibition Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1892. ... Neal S. Dow (1804-1897) was a prohibitionist mayor of Portland, Maine. ... Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard (1839-1898) was an American educator, temperance reformer, and women suffragist. ...


In 1887, the California legislature established the Northern Branch of the State Normal School of California. Chico was chosen as its site, and Bidwell donated land from his cherry orchard for this purpose. This school would come to be called the Chico Normal School, Chico State College, and finally California State University, Chico. California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ...


Chico was the northern terminus of the Sacramento Northern Railroad, an electrified railway which extended south to Sacramento and Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Sacramento Northern Railway began as an electric interurban railway system in the U.S. state of California, operating under that name between 1918 and 1983. ... Sacramento is a Spanish- and Portuguese-language word meaning sacrament; it is a common toponym in parts of the world where those tongues were or are spoken. ... Oakland is the name of several places in the United States of America: Oakland, Alabama Oakland, California (The best-known city with this name) Oakland, Florida Oakland, Maine Oakland, Maryland Oakland, Michigan Oakland, Missouri Oakland, Nebraska Oakland, New Jersey Oakland, Oklahoma Oakland, Oregon Oakland, Pennsylvania Oakland, Rhode Island Oakland, Tennessee... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


On July 10, 1905. Annie Bidwell signed a grant deed donating 1,902.88 acres to the people of Chico for a public park. These initial acres were expanded upon several times over the years, resulting in the creation of Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the nation. is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1905 (disambiguation). ... Annie Kennedy Bidwell (1839-1918), with her husband John Bidwell, was a pioneer and founder of society in the Sacramento Valley area of California in the 19th Century. ... Upper Parks nature, part of Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a municipal park located in Chico, California. ...


Pioneer Days

In 1917 the first parade that would later come to be called the Pioneer Day Parade was held on the downtown streets as a celebration of Senior Day. This tradition would continue as a celebration of local heritage under various names on the first Saturday in May each year until 1990. [2] Pioneer Days is the historical name of an annual community event in Chico, California celebrated the week prior to Pioneer Day, the first Saturday in May. ...


Scenes for Warner Brothers' Technicolor production of The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) with Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Basil Rathbone, were filmed in the Chico area, primarily in Bidwell Park. Warner Bros. ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... The Adventures of Robin Hood is the title of: a 1938 movie, starring Errol Flynn: see The Adventures of Robin Hood (movie) a television series of the 1950s, starring Richard Greene: see The Adventures of Robin Hood (series) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other... Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (June 20, 1909 – October 14, 1959) was an Australian film actor, most famous for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his flamboyant lifestyle. ... Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a two-time Academy Award winning actress in American motion pictures and is the last surviving principal cast member from Gone with the Wind. ... Basil Rathbone (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967), Military Cross, was a British actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and of suave villains in such swashbuckler films as The Mark of Zorro, Captain Blood, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. ...


During WWII the Chico Army Air Field was used to train fighter and bomber pilots. It was also home of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Chico Municipal Airport (IATA: CIC, ICAO: KCIC) is an airport located in Chico, California serving Butte County. ... The 555th Parachute Infantry Company (called the Triple Nickel, later the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion) was an all-black airborne unit that began service during World War II. It was the first African_American airborne unit, marking a tremendous milestone. ...


In the late fifties and early sixties, the city wrestled with the controversial issue of creating a bypass for Highway 99 through Bidwell Park. The viaduct was built 1963-65. [3] California State Highway 99 is a 415 mile (668 km) highway that traverses Californias Central Valley from the north at Red Bluff to the south near Bakersfield. ... Upper Parks nature, part of Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a municipal park located in Chico, California. ...


On April 22, 1970, students celebrating the first Earth Day on the Chico State campus pushed a car into West First Street (which was then Highway 32) blocking traffic. The street was closed temporarily for safety. The incident escalated into a demonstration that lasted into the night. The protesters were arrested on conspiracy charges which were later dropped. The street re-opened the next day, however it was permanently closed over the segment running through campus later that year. Earth Day Flag. ... California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ... State Route 32 is an east-west state highway in the U.S. State of California which is routed from Interstate 5 in Orland, through Chico, through the northern Sierra Nevada, ending at Route 36 in eastern Tehama County. ...


On July 21, 1982, the Butte County Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to the 1979 Butte County Land Use Element of the Butte County General Plan with the purpose of preserving agricultural land. This amendment established a "Green Line" on the west side of Chico beyond which urban development would be restricted. This line is responsible for the continued existence of working orchards relatively close to the core of the growing city.


In 1987 Playboy Magazine named Chico State the "Number One Party School" in the nation. University President Robin Wilson met with city officials including City Manager Fred Davis, and Police Chief, John Bullerjahn with the goal of ending the reputation by ending the parties directly with police force. On April 25, 1987 police riots broke out during the Pioneer Days celebration. President Wilson announced an end to the 70 year old tradition saying, he took Pioneer Days "out back and shot it in the head." The tradition was revived in 1996 and has continued to this day. [4] [5] Playboy is an adult entertainment magazine, or pornography magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ... California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ... A party school is a term used to refer to colleges, universities, or any institution of higher learning in which there exists a culture of ribaldry and licentiousness amongst the student population[1]. The term is not used mututally exclusively with a school that has a strong academic program (that... Robin Scott Wilson (born September 19, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American science fiction author and editor, and former President of California State University, Chico. ... The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ... Chief of Police in United States usage is the title typically given to the head of a police department. ... is the 115th day of the year (116th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Police riot is a pejorative term that became increasingly more common through the late 20th century, implying the wrongful, disproportionate, unlawful and illegitimate use of force by a group of police against a group of civilians. ... Pioneer Days is the historical name of an annual community event in Chico, California celebrated the week prior to Pioneer Day, the first Saturday in May. ...


The Contemporary Era

In the years while the Pioneer Days celebration was cancelled (1990-1996), the Halloween and St. Patrick's Day celebrations grew into much larger events. These holidays had always enjoyed a high rate of participation in Chico, due to its young population. However, with the loss of Pioneer Days, people's energy was redirected so as to make St. Patrick's Day and Halloween look more like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Mutual aid was invoked by police each year for several years. In 2000 and 2001, the City closed downtown streets to accommodate the thousands of Halloween revelers. Pioneer Days is the historical name of an annual community event in Chico, California celebrated the week prior to Pioneer Day, the first Saturday in May. ... This article is about the holiday. ... St. ... For other uses, see Mardi Gras (disambiguation). ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... In emergency services, mutual aid is a formal agreement among emergency responders to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries when required; either by an emergency that exceeds local resources or a disaster. ...


However, in 2002 the streets were no longer closed. The City even conducted a TV ad campaign telling people not to come downtown for Halloween. In response to the incidence of thrown bottles, and broken glass, the City Council has established a "Glass Free Zone" largely contiguous with the downtown and the South Campus Neighborhood. The Council activates the "Glass Free Zone" every Halloween and St. Patrick's Day and from time to time at the request of the police when they believe there will be a large gathering of revelers. Most recently, Cesar Chavez Day was added to the growing list of holidays requiring such a response. State holiday in California observed on March 31. ...


In 1996, the Olympic Torch arrived in Chico at the Amtrak station. The torch was carried through the closed streets with thousands of Chicoans celebrating along the path. The olympic flame at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics The Olympic Flame or Olympic Fire is a symbol of the Olympic Games. ... Amtrak operates the Chico Amtrak station at Fifth and Orange Streets for the Coast Starlight service. ...


In 1996 the recently re-elected council member Ted Hubert died prior to being re-sworn in, and more significantly, before the selection of mayor had occurred. The evenly, and deeply divided council stalemated on the selection. This resulted in a rotating Mayor Pro Tempore system for about six months. The remaining six council members each took turns serving as meeting chair until they appointed Bill Johnston to fill the council vacancy, and Rick Keene mayor. Pro tempore or pro tem is a latin phrase which best translates to for the time being in English. ... Rick Keene (born November 16, 1957) is a California State Assembly member from the states third district (representing Chico, Marysville, and Grass Valley). ...


In 1999, the tower supporting the famous Diamond on top of the Senator Theatre at Fifth and Main was discovered to be leaning. It was determined to be at risk of collapse, and was removed. The tower was refurbished and put back in place in 2005.


In 2003, a branch from one of the majestic Siberian Elms trees planted in 1873 by John Bidwell in City Plaza fell and hit a person sitting on a bench. The incident prompted the removal of the trees, some of which had rotting roots. The city embarked on a renovation of City Plaza in 2005, and in November 2006, the newly renovated Chico City Plaza was re-opened.


Geography

Location

Chico is located at 39°44′24″N, 121°50′8″W (39.739983, -121.835460)GR1.


Chico is located at the northeast edge of the Sacramento Valley, one of the richest agricultural areas in the world. The Sierra Nevada mountains lie to the East, with Chico's city limits venturing several miles into the foothills. To the west, the Sacramento River lies five miles from the city limit. The Sacramento Valley is the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta. ... This article is about the mountain range in the Western United States. ... The Sacramento River is the longest river in the U.S. state of California. ...


Topography

Chico sits on the Sacramento Valley floor close to the foothills of the Cascade range and the Sierra Nevada range with Little Chico Creek being the demarcation line between the Cascade range (North of Little Chico Creek) and the Sierra Nevada range (South of Little Chico Creek). The city terrain is on the whole very flat with increasingly hilly terrain beginning at the eastern city limits. The Sacramento Valley is the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta. ... “Cascades” redirects here. ... This article is about the mountain range in the Western United States. ... “Cascades” redirects here. ... This article is about the mountain range in the Western United States. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 71.9 km² (27.8 mi²). 71.8 km² (27.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.04% is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The city is bisected by Bidwell Park, which runs five miles from the city center to the crest of the Sierra Nevada range. Upper Parks nature, part of Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a municipal park located in Chico, California. ... This article is about the mountain range in the Western United States. ...


The city is also traversed by two creeks and a flood channel, which feeds the Sacramento River. They are named Big Chico Creek, Little Chico Creek, and Lindo Channel (also known as Sandy Gulch, locally). The Sacramento River is the longest river in the U.S. state of California. ... Big Chico Creek originates on Colby Mountain, located in Tehama County, California. ...


Street system

The downtown area of Chico is located generally between Big Chico Creek and Little Chico Creek. The downtown has a street grid oriented approximately 45° from the four cardinal directions. There are numbered streets and avenues, which generally run ENE-WSW. Blocks are usually addressed in hundreds corresponding to the numbered streets and avenues. The main thoroughfare running NW-SE through the city is Business 99, known as Main Street, Park Avenue, and The Esplanade. While the ENE-WSW streets and avenues are numbered, Streets running NNW-SSE are generally named after trees. The part of the 'tree' streets that intersect the CSUC campus spell the word "CHICO" at Chestnut, Hazel, Ivy. Cherry, and Orange streets. Big Chico Creek originates on Colby Mountain, located in Tehama County, California. ... California State Highway 99 is a 415 mile (668 km) highway that traverses Californias Central Valley from the north at Red Bluff to the south near Bakersfield. ... California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ...


The city streets are designated as "East" or "West" by their relation to The Esplanade, Main Street, or Park Avenue which are essentially the same north-south street (the former Business 99) with different names. JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 KER 0. ...


There are numbered streets and avenues both of which flow east-west. This fact can cause some confusion. The "Streets" are situated south of the Chico State campus through downtown, while the "Avenues" are situated north of the Chico State campus through the Esplanade. There are no left turns permitted onto any odd numbered avenue from Esplanade in either direction, with the exception of 11th.


In the numbered streets and avenues and most other streets that intersect Esplanade, Main, and Park, the west addresses are all numbers whose last two digits are 00 through 49 and the east addresses are all numbers whose last two digits are 50 through 99. There are very few exceptions.


On most Chico streets odd addresses are on the south side of the street.


If you stand at the bridge over the Big Chico Creek where Main St. changes to Esplanade and face north, the odd addresses are on the left (Bidwell Mansion is 525 Esplanade). This convention holds for all the numbered avenues. However, if you now face south, the odd addresses are still on the left (i.e., the convention has switched). This convention holds throughout the numbered streets. Big Chico Creek originates on Colby Mountain, located in Tehama County, California. ... Image:Bidwellmansion. ...


Neighborhoods

Downtown Chico -This is the main commercial district in Chico. It is located generally between the Big Chico Creek and Little Chico Creek between Wall Street and Salem Street. The Downtown Chico Business Association represents the interests of the downtown to the community. Main Street and Broadway are the two main thoroughfares bisecting the downtown. Ringel Park is the triangular shaped area immediately north of downtown. The Chico City Plaza is the central point of downtown, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. The area of West Ninth Street where Main, and Oroville Avenue converge is known as The Junction, the southernmost part of the downtown. Big Chico Creek originates on Colby Mountain, located in Tehama County, California. ...


South Campus -The South Campus neighborhood is the area bounded by West Second Street, Salem Street, West Ninth Street and the western city limits (which is called "The Green Line"). Historically, this area was the first residential area established in the city. Currently, it is the most densely populated area of the city. The South Campus Neighborhood Association represents the interests of the neighborhood to the community. South Campus is a dynamic residential neighborhood consisting overwhelmingly of young renters under thirty-five, and specifically Chico State students. The intersection of Fifth and Ivy Streets is a neighborhood commercial core referred to locally as "Five and I." There are many fraternity and sorority houses in the area, and the city has designated a "Fraternity/Sorority Overlay Zone" which is largely contiguous with the neighborhood. South Campus is home of Craig Hall, and Depot Park. California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ...


Barber -The Barber neighborhood is a working class residential neighborhood generally south of Little Chico Creek and west of Park avenue. The Barber Neighborhood Association represents the interests of the neighborhood to the community. This neighborhood was originally built to house the employees of the adjacent Diamond Match Factory. The neighborhood was named after Ohio Columbus Barber, President of the Diamond Match Company. Today, the Diamond Match property is designated for a future development called Barber Yard. Ohio Columbus Barber was born in 1841 and founded the city of Barberton, Ohio in 1892. ...


Chapmantown -This is a working class residential neighborhood entirely surrounded by area inside the city of Chico, but which itself is not a part of the city. Rather, it is under the jurisdiction of the County of Butte. Chapmantown is currently known as the area bounded by Little Chico Creek, Boucher Street, Guill Street and East Sixteenth Street. The neighborhood south of East Twentieth Street to the east of Fair street is also referred to as Chapmantown. Historically, Chapmantown referred to everything east of Mulberry street, but that is no longer the case. Due to not being within city limits, there are no sidewalks, sewers, or any other city services. However, there are also none of the regulations associated with the municipality either (prohibition on chicken coops, burn permits, etc.) The neighborhood is home to The Dorothy F. Johnson Neighborhood Center, a facility of the Chico Area Recreation District. The neighborhood is named after Augustus Chapman. Butte County is a county located in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, north of state capital Sacramento. ...


The Avenues refers to the numbered avenues that intersect the Esplanade. This residential neighborhood is adjacent to the northern boundary of Chico State campus and is south of Lindo Channel. The neighborhood also is home to Enloe Medical Center. California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ... About Enloe Medical Center Chicos 391-bed non-profit Enloe Medical Center offers the North Valley a full continuum of health services ranging from preventative education and outpatient services to acute care, behavioral health, inpatient rehabilitation and home health and hospice services. ...


Mansion Park is the high end residential neighborhood adjacent to the Bidwell Mansion, and immediately between the northeast corner of the Chico State campus and Chico High School. This neighborhood is notable for its being a preferred parking zone for residents with permits only, located in an area of the city with very impacted parking. This neighborhood is home to the Albert E. Warrens Reception Center (formerly the Julia Morgan House), and the Bidwell Amphitheatre. Originally, home to mostly university professors and staff, other professionals and upper middle class families now also call it home. Image:Bidwellmansion. ... California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ... Category: ...


Doe Mill is the developing urban residential neighborhood generally north of East Twentieth Street and East of Bruce Road.


Nob Hill is the developing residential neighborhood west of Bruce Road and north of Highway 32. State Route 32 is an east-west state highway in the U.S. State of California which is routed from Interstate 5 in Orland, through Chico, through the northern Sierra Nevada, ending at Route 36 in eastern Tehama County. ...


California Park is the developing residential neighborhood east of Bruce Road and north of Highway 32. State Route 32 is an east-west state highway in the U.S. State of California which is routed from Interstate 5 in Orland, through Chico, through the northern Sierra Nevada, ending at Route 36 in eastern Tehama County. ...


Aspen Glen is the residential neighborhood east of the Esplanade and north of East Shasta avenue. Many streets here are named after things associated with Colorado.


Other neighborhoods: South Park, North Park, Canyon Oaks (located inside Califorinia Park), Cussick Area Neighborhood, Little Chico Creek Estates, Big Chico Creek Estates, Vallombrosa, Baroni Park, & Hancock Park.


Chico also is home to several large new urbanist neighborhoods, either planned or under construction, including Doe Mill, Barber Yard, Meriam Park, and Westside Place. The New urbanism is an American urban design movement that arose in the early 1980s. ...


Parks and Creekside Greenways

Parks

Upper Bidwell Park.
  • First & Verbena Park (undeveloped)
  • Baroni Park (undeveloped)
  • Bidwell Park
  • Children's Playground
  • Depot Park
  • DeGarmo Park
  • East 20th St at Notre Dame Park (undeveloped)
  • Hancock Park
  • Henshaw Park (undeveloped)
  • Hooker Oak Recreation Area
  • Ceres Park (undeveloped)
  • Humboldt Park (Humboldt at Willow)
  • Nob Hill/Husa Ranch Park
  • Peterson Park (undeveloped)
  • City Plaza
  • Ringel Park
  • Skateboard Park
  • Wildwood Park
  • Martin Luther King Park
  • Chapman Park
  • Oak Way Park
  • Rotary Park (Wall Street)
  • Rotary Park (Sixteenth and Broadway)

Creekside Greenways Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1728 × 2304 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1728 × 2304 pixel, file size: 2. ... Upper Parks nature, part of Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a municipal park located in Chico, California. ...

  • Little Chico Creek
  • Mud Creek
  • Sycamore Creek
  • Commanche Creek
  • Sandy Gulch (Lindo Channel) Greenway

Climate

Chico and the Sacramento Valley have a typically Mediterranean climate. Temperatures often rise past the 100-degree mark in the summer. Chico is one of the top metropolitan areas in the nation for number of clear days. [6][7] Winters are fairly mild, with the most rainfall coming in January. The average annual rainfall is 26.04 inches. Tule fog is often present during the autumn and winter months. [8] The Sacramento Valley is the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta. ...  Areas with Mediterranean climate A Mediterranean climate is a climate that resembles the climate of the lands in the Mediterranean Basin. ... Tule fog (IPA: ) is a thick ground fog that settles in the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Valley areas of Californias Great Central Valley. ...

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg high °F (°C) 54 (12) 60 (16) 66 (19) 73 (23) 81 (27) 90 (32) 97 (36) 95 (35) 89 (32) 79 (26) 66 (19) 55 (13)
Avg low temperature °F (°C) 36 (2) 39 (4) 41 (5) 45 (7) 50 (10) 56 (13) 60 (16) 58 (14) 54 (12) 47 (8) 40 (4) 36 (2)
Avg precipitation inches 4.9 4.1 3.1 1.9 1 0.4 -- -- 0.5 1.3 2.6 4.5

Demographics

Population

As of the most recent annexations, the city has a total population of 84,396 (according to city estimates). Chico is the 19th largest Metropolitan Statistical area in California and the 194th largest in the United States with a metro population of 212,968.


Special Population Note: Although the Census Bureau states the 2000 population as 59,954, a large portion of the Chico urban area is unincorporated territory. Additionally, the local growth rate in Chico (and the surrounding area) in recent years has been close to 2.5%, increasing the population steadily. As of January 2006, the city government estimates the population of the city to be 84,396 and the population of the urban area (including adjacent unincorporated areas) to be 105,080. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


Owing to the influence of California State University, Chico and Butte College, the population of Chico is highly transient. California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ... Butte College is a community college located near the Northern California town of Oroville. ...


Households

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 59,954 people, 23,476 households, and 11,644 families residing in the city. The population density was 834.5/km² (2,161.0/mi²). There were 24,386 housing units at an average density of 339.4/km² (879.0/mi²). Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ...


There were 23,476 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.4% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.03. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


Race and Religion

The racial makeup of the city was 82.36% White, 2.03% Black or African American, 1.30% Native American, 4.21% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 5.65% from other races, and 4.25% from two or more races. 12.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ...

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the northern California region of the United States. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... This article lists the names of the 16 synods and 136 presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church (USA). ... Emblem of the PC(USA) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or PC(USA) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. ...

Age and Sex

In the city the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 27.0% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 15.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.


Economy

The median income for a household in the city was $29,359, and the median income for a family was $43,077. Males had a median income of $35,548 versus $26,173 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,970. About 12.7% of families and 26.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Much of the local economy is driven by the presence of California State University, Chico. Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (30.3%), Retail trade (14.9%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (12.6%). [9] California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ...

Top 10 Non-Manufacturing Employers [10] (by Employee Size) *

  1. Enloe Medical Center (2268 employees)
  2. County of Butte (2032)
  3. California State University, Chico (1823 employees)
  4. Chico Unified School District (1400 employees)
  5. TriCounties Bank (700)
  6. Butte-Glenn Community College District (602 employees)
  7. Lifetouch National School Studios, Inc. (500)
  8. Feather Falls Casino (400)
  9. City of Chico (374)
  10. Employment Development Department (350)

Top 10 Manufacturing Employers [11] (by Employee Size) * About Enloe Medical Center Chicos 391-bed non-profit Enloe Medical Center offers the North Valley a full continuum of health services ranging from preventative education and outpatient services to acute care, behavioral health, inpatient rehabilitation and home health and hospice services. ... Butte County is a county located in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, north of state capital Sacramento. ... California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ... Butte College is a community college located near the Northern California town of Oroville. ...

  1. Sierra Nevada Brewery (325)
  2. Koret of California (250 employees)
  3. SunGard Bi-Tech (link) (240)
  4. Aero Union Corporation (link)(185 employees)
  5. Sunset Moulding Company (145 employees)
  6. Smucker Quality Beverages, Inc. (130 employees)
  7. Lundberg Family Farms (110)
  8. Norfield Industries (110 employees)
  9. JG Brattan (100)
  10. Wrex Products, Inc. of Chico (93 employees)

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company was established in 1979 (first beer sold in February 1981) by homebrewers Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi. ... Smuckers is a popular brand in the USA, and to a lesser extent in Canada. ... Lundberg Family Farms, based in Richvale, California, produces, packages, and markets organic foods. ...

Government

Official city logo

Image File history File links Chico-seal. ... Image File history File links Chico-seal. ...

Municipal

The City of Chico is a charter city. The City of Chico's administration offices are located at 411 Main Street immediately adjacent to the City Council Chambers. Chico's city council consists of seven nonpartisan councilmembers each elected at-large in November of even-numbered years. Their terms begin on the first Tuesday in December and end on the first Tuesday in December four years thereafter. The mayor is chosen by and from among the council members and serves for two years. City council meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of each month. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Incorporated town. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ... Bloc voting (or block voting) refers to a class of voting systems which can be used to elect several representatives from a single multimember constituency. ...


The City Council appoints members of the Airport Commission, Architecture Review Board, Arts Commission, Bidwell Park and Playground Commission, Human Resources Commission, and Planning Commission.


County

The citizens of Chico are represented in the Butte County Board of Supervisors by the District Two Supervisor Jane Dolan and the District Three Supervisor Maureen Kirk. The governing body of Butte County, California. ...


The Butte County Association of Governments office is located in Chico at 965 Fir Street.


State

The citizens of Chico, as members of California's 3rd Assembly District, are represented by Rick Keene (R, Chico) in the California State Assembly; and as members of California's 4th Senate District, are represented by Sam Aanestad (R, Grass Valley) in the California State Senate. Californias 3rd Assembly District is one of 80 California State Assembly Districts. ... Rick Keene (born November 16, 1957) is a California State Assembly member from the states third district (representing Chico, Marysville, and Grass Valley). ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... Californias 4th State Senate District is one of 40 Senate Districts. ... Sam Aanestad (R-Grass Valley) is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who was elected to the California State Legislature in 1998 to represent the 3rd Assembly District. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... California State Senate chamber The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. ...


Federal

The citizens of Chico, as members of California's 2nd congressional district, are represented by Wally Herger (R, Rio Oso) in the United States House of Representatives. Herger received a 3% progressive rating from a self-described non-partisan group that provides a "searchable database of Congressional voting records from a Progressive perspective"[12], and a 100% conservative rating from a conservative group.[13] California congressional districts since 2003. ... Walter William (Wally) Herger, Jr. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... This article is about Progressivism. ... Ths article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ...


Education

The Chico Unified School District includes all of the greater Chico area including area not within the city limits.


Primary Education

Elementary

Chapman Elementary School, Citrus Elementary School, Cohasset Elementary School, Emma Wilson Elementary School, Forest Ranch Elementary School, John A. McManus Elementary School, Little Chico Creek Elementary School, Marigold Elementary School, Neal Dow Elementary School, Parkview Elementary School, Rosedale Elementary School, Shasta Elementary School, Sierra View Elementary School, Hooker Oak Elementary School. Neal S. Dow nicknamed the Napoleon of Temperance (March 20, 1804 – October 2, 1897) was a prohibitionist mayor of Portland, Maine, known as the Father of Prohibition. He sponsored the Maine law of 1851, which prohibited the manufacture and sale of liquor. ...


Junior High

Bidwell Junior High School and Chico Junior High School, Marsh Junior High School all are 6th, 7th and 8th.


Secondary Education

Public

Category: ... Pleasant Valley High School is an American public high school located in Chico, California. ...

Alternative Education

  • Academy For Change --Community Day School
  • Fairview High School --Continuation School

Private

Champion Christian School  — 1184 East Avenue, Pleasant Valley Baptist School — 13539 Garner Lane


Higher Education

California State University, Chico, Butte College, Cal Northern School of Law, University of Phoenix. California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ... Butte College is a community college located near the Northern California town of Oroville. ... Cal Northern School of Law is a private law school located in Chico, California. ... University of Phoenix (UOP) is a for-profit educational institution specializing in adult education, with campuses located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. ...


Culture

Museums

The Chico Air Museum is an aviation museum which opened in 2004. The Chico Museum is a museum of history, opened in 1986. The National Yo-Yo Museum is the country's largest collection of yo-yo artifacts. An art museum, the Chico Art Center is also located in the city. The yo-yo is a toy consisting of two equally-sized discs of plastic, wood, or metal, connected with an axle, around which a string is wound. ...


Two other historic buildings are also museums. Bidwell Mansion is a Victorian house from the 1860s, and the former home of John and Annie Bidwell. Bidwell Mansion is a California State Historic Park. Stansbury House, former home of physician Oscar Stansbury is a museum of 19th century life.[14] Image:Bidwellmansion. ...


Art and theatre

About 40 murals and several galleries can be found in the city. The theatres in Chico include Blue Room Theatre, Chico Cabaret, Chico Performances, Chico Theater Company, and Theatre on the Ridge. [15] A mural is a painting on a wall, ceiling, or other large permanent surface. ...


Points of interest

Chico, CA is home to Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States.

Chico is the site of Bidwell Park, the ninth-largest municipal park in the United States, Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, the Chico University Arboretum. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 828 KB) Summary Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, CA. Photo by Emily Bryden, 2005. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 828 KB) Summary Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, CA. Photo by Emily Bryden, 2005. ... Upper Parks nature, part of Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a municipal park located in Chico, California. ... Upper Parks nature, part of Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a municipal park located in Chico, California. ... A municipality or general-purpose district (compare with: special-purpose district) is an administrative local area generally composed of a clearly defined territory and commonly referring to a city, town, or village government. ... Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park in Chico, California is a three story, 26 room Victorian house museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell. ... The Chico University Arboretum is located across the campus of California State University, Chico along Big Chico Creek in Chico, California. ...


Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, the second largest craft brewer in the country, is based in Chico. Butte Creek Brewing Company, maker of handcrafted organic ales, is also located in Chico. The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company was established in 1979 (first beer sold in February 1981) by homebrewers Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi. ... Craft beer generally refers to all-malt beer that is brewed with emphasis on style rather than mass appeal. ...


Chico has the tallest building north of Sacramento in California: Whitney Hall, a nine-story dormitory on the Chico State college campus. California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ...


The Meriam Library on the CSUC campus is named after Ted Meriam. The building has more floor area than any other building in California north of Sacramento. California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Sacramento is a Spanish- and Portuguese-language word meaning sacrament; it is a common toponym in parts of the world where those tongues were or are spoken. ...


The State of California, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development defines Enloe Medical Center as a General Acute Care Hospital in Chico with a Level II Trauma Center and Basic emergency care as of 08/22/2006. The facility is located on The Esplanade at (NAD83) latitude/longitude 39°44′33″N, 121°51′00″W. State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... About Enloe Medical Center Chicos 391-bed non-profit Enloe Medical Center offers the North Valley a full continuum of health services ranging from preventative education and outpatient services to acute care, behavioral health, inpatient rehabilitation and home health and hospice services. ... For the town in the Republic of Ireland, see Hospital, County Limerick. ... A trauma center is a hospital equipped to perform as a casualty receiving station for the emergency medical services by providing the best possible medical care for traumatic injuries 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. ...


The Hooker Oak formerly the largest Valley Oak in the world was located at Hooker Oak Park in Chico. Photo of loggers along side the main trunk of the Hooker Oak. ... Binomial name Quercus lobata Nee The Valley oak is the largest of North american oaks and arguably the most majestic of its genus. ...


Located in urban Chico, the Mechoopda Maidu Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria is at 125 Mission Ranch Blvd. (latitude and longitude 39°43′55″N, 121°51′10″W). The Mechoopda is a Native American tribe located in northern California. ... The Maidu are a group of Native Americans who lived in Northern California. ...


Bidwell Municipal Golf Course, United States Department of Agriculture Plant Introduction Garden, Canyon Oaks Golf Course, Diamond Match Factory, Chico Museum, Chico Municipal Center, Dorothy F. Johnson Neighborhood Center, Veterans Memorial Building, Craig Hall, Stansbury House, Scrappy Dog, Madison Bear Garden, Chico Creek Nature Center, Chico Community Observatory, Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Chico Area Recreation and Park District, Bidwell Amphitheatre, Honey Run Covered Bridge, Senator Theatre, A. H. Chapman House, Allen-Sommer-Gage House, Patrick Ranch House, Silberstein Park Building. Chico Community Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Kiwanis. ...


Sports

In its July/August 2006 journal, the group American Whitewater named Chico one of the top five US whitewater cities along with Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Asheville, NC; Boise, Idaho and Washington, DC. [16] Nickname: Location of Pennsylvania within the USA Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Coordinates: , Country State County Cambria Government  - Mayor Tom Trigona Area  - City  6. ... Downtown Asheville bustles with activity at midday while smog silently obscures the Smoky Mountains to the west. ... “Boise” redirects here. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United...

The Chico Outlaws are a Golden Baseball League team based in Chico, California. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Golden Baseball League, based in Pleasanton, California, is a professional, independent baseball league which operates in the Western United States. ... The Chico Heat was a minor league baseball team, operating in Chico, California in the Western Baseball League. ... The Western Baseball League was an independent minor league, whose member teams were not associated with any Major League Baseball teams. ... The Chico Rooks is a National Premier Soccer League professional soccer team, based in Chico, California. ... Soccer redirects here. ... Forces official logo The Chico Force are a franchise in the International Basketball League (2005-) based in Chico, California. ... The International Basketball League (IBL) was a short lived professional basketball league in the United States. ... The Minor League Football Association ( MLFA ) is a full contact outdoor semi-pro minor league American football league, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. ...

Notable Chicoans

Sheikha Lubna Khalid Sultan al Qasimi Sheikha Lubna Khalid Sultan al Qasimi was appointed Minister for Economy and Planning of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November 2004. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... John Bidwell John Bidwell (August 5, 1819- April 4, 1900) was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician and philanthropist. ... Annie Kennedy Bidwell (1839-1918), with her husband John Bidwell, was a pioneer and founder of society in the Sacramento Valley area of California in the 19th Century. ... Tanya Ballinger (also known as Tonya Ballinger from Chico, California) is a model and actress based in the Los Angeles area. ... Matthew Carrington (November 10, 1983-February 2, 2005), was a student at California State University, Chico, who was killed during a hazing incident at the Chi Tau fraternity house. ... Bill Carter on the Dutch TV programme TweeVandaag. ... Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. ... Eugene A. Chappie was a United States Congressman from California. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Leslie Deniz is an American athlete who competed mainly in the Discus. ... Spoiler warning: Amanda Jeannette Detmer (born September 27, 1971 in Contra Costa County, California) is an American actress who made her big screen debut playing Miss Minneapolis in the beauty pageant-set comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous. ... Big Poppa E is the stage name of slam poetry performer Eirik Ott. ... Pat Gillick (born August 22, 1937) is the current general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. ... Russell Hayden Russell Hayden (12 June 1912, Chico, California - 9 June 1981, Palm Springs, California) was an American actor. ... Scapegoat Wax was a hip-hop/rap/breakbeat act from Northern California, USA that was started by Marty James. ... Jennifer Jones is a news anchor for San Francisco radio station KGO-AM 810. ... Mat Kearney (IPA pronunciation: ) (born December 1, 1978) is a singer and songwriter born in Eugene, Oregon, and is now based out of Nashville, Tennessee. ... Rick Keene (born November 16, 1957) is a California State Assembly member from the states third district (representing Chico, Marysville, and Grass Valley). ... Adnan Khashoggi (or Kashoggi) (Arabic:عدنان خاشقجي, Turkish: Adnan Kaşıkçı) (born 25 July 1935 in Mecca) is a billionaire Saudi arms-dealer and businessman. ... Janja Lalich, Ph. ... Harold Lang (December 21, 1920 - July 26, 1985) was an American dancer and actor. ... Ted W. Lawson, 0-399540, Major, United States Army Air Forces, born March 7, 1917, died January 19, 1992. ... Combatants  United States  Japan Commanders James H. Doolittle Hideki Tojo Strength 16 B-25 Mitchells Unknown number of troops and homeland defense Casualties 3 dead, 8 POWs (4 died in captivity); 5 interned in USSR all 16 B-25s About 50 dead, 400 injured Lt. ... Kyle Lohse (born December 4, 1978 in Chico, California) is a starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. ... This article is about the sport. ... Pat Mastelotto at One World Theatre, 19 January 2003, with Terry Bozzio for a drum clinic Pat Mastelotto (born Lee Patrick Mastelotto, 10 September 1955, Chico, California) is a rock drummer who has worked with Mr. ... Elsie McLean (born 1904 in Chico, California) is a female golfer. ... Michael Alan Messner (*1952) is an American sociologist. ... Joseph George Nelson (born October 25, 1974 in Alameda, California) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... This article is about the sport. ... William Billy Morris is an American glass artist born in Carmel, California on July 25, 1957. ... 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Agriculture

The city of Chico, being in the Sacramento Valley, sits amid some of the most fertile soil on earth. The region is an agricultural leader. Almonds are the number one crop in the area, only recently edging out rice. Other crops in the area include: kiwis, olives, peaches, and plums. The Sacramento Valley is the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta. ... Binomial name (Mill. ... RICE is a treatment method for soft tissue injury which is an abbreviation for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. ... Species See text. ... For the Italian political alliance see Olive Tree, and the color, olive (color). ... Peaches may refer to: Peaches, a type of fruit Peaches, an Electroclash musician Peaches, a song by The Stranglers Peaches, a character in the motion picture Ken Park Peaches, a song by The Presidents of the United States of America Peaches, a musical artist. ... Plum is also a nickname for British humorist P. G. Wodehouse. ...


The city is bounded on the west by orchards with thousands of almond trees, and there are still a few pockets of orchards remaining within the contiguous city limits. The trees bloom with a pink/white flower in late February or early March. Millions of bees are brought in for the pollination. The nuts are harvested in late August. For other uses, see Western honey bee and Bee (disambiguation). ...


Walnuts are also a major agricultural production in the area north and west of town. Unlike the almond crops of the area, walnuts do not have the same appeal as they do not bloom but they grow much larger and live much longer than almonds, but similar to the almond crops, walnuts are harvested in early September. For other uses, see Walnut (disambiguation). ... Binomial name (Mill. ... This article refers to the plant. ... Binomial name (Mill. ... For other uses, see Walnut (disambiguation). ...


There is a Farmers' Market held on closed downtown streets each Thursday night during warm months, as well as one on Saturday mornings at the Wall Street public parking lot. For the free-jazz group, see Farmers Market (band). ...


Transportation

Airports

Chico Municipal Airport is the major airport facility serving this area and is north of the city limits. CMA is served by United Airlines' United Express operated by SkyWest (San Francisco) The airport is also home to Aero Union, a company that refits surplus military aircraft as fire fighting aircraft. Chico Municipal Airport (IATA: CIC, ICAO: KCIC) is an airport located in Chico, California serving Butte County. ... Chico Municipal Airport (IATA: CIC, ICAO: KCIC) is an airport located in Chico, California serving Butte County. ... United Airlines, also known as United Air Lines, Inc. ... United Express is a brand name under which seven regional airlines operate feeder flights for United Airlines. ... This is an article about an airline in North America. ...


Ranchaero Airport, a general aviation field with an FAA identifier of O23, is surrounded by orchards on the west edge of town at 39°43′14″N, 121°43′14″W.


Surface Transportation

Amtrak operates the Chico Amtrak station at Fifth and Orange Streets for the Coast Starlight service. The terminal is partially wheelchair accessible, has an enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term and long-term parking. Trains run between Seattle and Los Angeles with a northbound, and a southbound train departing from the station daily. The Greyhound bus station is also located at Fifth and Orange Streets. The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... Amtrak operates the Chico Amtrak station at Fifth and Orange Streets for the Coast Starlight service. ... The Coast Starlight at San Luis Obispo, California. ... Seattle redirects here. ... A view of Union Station familiar to many of downtown Los Angeles visitors. ... This article needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ...


The North Valley Shuttle has five scheduled runs daily to Sacramento International Airport leaving from Jack's Restaurant at Sixth and Main Streets. Sacramento International Airport (IATA: SMF, ICAO: KSMF, FAA LID: SMF) is a public airport located 10 miles (16 km) northwest of the central business district (CBD) of Sacramento, in Sacramento County, California, USA It is run by Sacramento County. ...


The B-Line (Butte Regional Transit) serves the Chico Urban area with eight routes operating Monday through Saturday and two shuttle routes for CSU, Chico students during the academic year. The Chico Clipper serves the Chico urban area with nine modified vans providing transportation for the elderly and the mobility impaired seven days a week. The transit center in Chico is located at Second and Salem Streets. Coast Mountain Bus Company is the contract operator for bus transit services in Greater Vancouver and is a wholly owned subsidiary of TransLink, the entity responsible for transit. ... California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ...


There are at least eight taxi companies in Chico: Yellow Cab of Chico, American Taxi, Liberty Cab, Chico Independent Taxi, Checkers Cab, Eco Cab, Taxi Dave, and Premier Taxi.


Chico is a bronze level Bicycle-friendly community as designated by the League of American Bicyclists. Chico was also named "America's Best Bike Town" by Bicycle magazine in 1997. Bicycle-friendly is a descriptive term that describes policies, places and practices which make it easier for people to ride bicycles. ... The League of American Bicyclists (LAB), a cyclists advocacy group was founded in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen to improve riding conditions within the United States of America. ...


Pedicabs are commonly available downtown during the evenings. A velotaxi, also known as a pedicab, cycle rickshaw or trishaw (from tricycle rickshaw), is a human-powered vehicle for hire, usually with one or two seats for carrying passengers in addition to the driver. ...


Major highways

California State Route 99 and California State Route 32 intersect in Chico. Image File history File links California_99. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 KER 0. ... Image File history File links California_32. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 GLE L0. ...


Media

Print

Chico E-R front page of February 16, 2005 The Chico Enterprise-Record is the daily newspaper of Chico, California. ... The News and Review is a free alternative weekly newspaper in three American cities. ... Cover of Synthesis National issue 8. ...

Television

Radio

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Sister Cities

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Trivia

  • An altitude record for unmanned gas balloons was set in Chico in October 1972 (51.8km). The record was broken in Japan on May 23, 2002.
  • Home of the world's largest working yo-yo.
  • Former home to a Titan I missile base.
  • Chico was ranked #1 in Forbes Magazine's "Best Places in America" (May 2000).
  • Chico was ranked 13th in Money.Com's "Best Places to Live" survey in 1999.
  • Rated No. 16 on Healthy Cities list, by Organic Style magazine, September/October 2003.
  • Lenny Bruce was confined at a State Rehabilitation Center in Chico for treatment of his drug addiction by court order.
  • Chico was ranked #17 in Farmers Insurance list of Most Secure Cities (2006) for cities under 150,000.
  • Keystone (beer brand) was first introduced in Chico.
  • Chico was proposed to be the designated provisional capital of California, in the event that a disaster occurred that would cause evacuation of Sacramento. However Auburn was chosen instead due to a partisan reaction in the legislature to some local criticism of the greater issue of nuclear proliferation from a Chico State professor.
  • No person shall produce, test, maintain, or store within the city a nuclear weapon, component of a nuclear weapon, nuclear weapon delivery system, or component of a nuclear weapon delivery system under penalty of Chapter 9.60.030 of the Chico Municipal Code.
  • One of few cities to be home to two championship baseball teams in two different leagues simultaneously. The CSUC Wildcats were champions in both the 1997 and 1999 Division II College World Series. The Chico Heat were also champions in the Western Baseball League in 1997.

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See also

Upper Parks nature, part of Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a municipal park located in Chico, California. ... California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, and home to the Chico University Arboretum. ... Main Article: Chico, California // Swimming at Sycamore Pool on New Years Day Snow Goose Festival Christmas Preview â€” Sunday before Thanksgiving in downtown Chico Pioneer Day â€” First Saturday in May Rancho Chico Day Slice of Chico Taste of Chico Thursday Night Market â€” Certified Farmers Market and Street Fair every... In North America, a college town or university town is a community (often literally a town, but possibly a small or medium sized city, or in some cases a neighborhood or a district of a city) which is dominated by its university population. ... Butte County is a county located in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, north of state capital Sacramento. ...

References

  1. ^ The 100 Largest City Parks. The Trust for Public Land.
  2. ^ http://www.taugammatheta.com/historyofpweek.htm
  3. ^ http://www.friendsofbidwellpark.org/lydonhistory.html
  4. ^ http://www.pioneerdayparade.com/history.php
  5. ^ http://www.csuchico.edu/lspr/bits.htm
  6. ^ http://www.csuchico.edu/pub/facts/
  7. ^ http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2006/snapshots/PL0613014.html
  8. ^ http://www.newsreview.com/chico/Content?oid=oid%3A32555
  9. ^ http://www.city-data.com/city/Chico-California.html
  10. ^ http://www.chicochamber.com/filebin/2005_EC_profile_final.pdf Chico's 2005-6 Economic Profile
  11. ^ http://www.chicochamber.com/filebin/2005_EC_profile_final.pdf Chico's 2005-6 Economic Profile
  12. ^ Leading with the Left. Progressive Punch. Retrieved on 2007-10-20.
  13. ^ {{cite web
    title = ACU Ratings of Congress, 2006| publisher = American Conservative Union
    date = 2006
    url = http://www.acuratings.org/2006all.htm#CA
    accessdate = 2007-10-20}}
  14. ^ Museums & Historic Buildings Chico city website
  15. ^ Art, Theatre and Music Chico city website
  16. ^ American Whitewater Journal July/August 2006 (not published on the web yet)
  17. ^ http://www.newsreview.com/chico/Content?oid=oid%3A33357
  18. ^ http://www.newsreview.com/chico/Content?oid=271478
  19. ^ http://www.csuchico.edu/econ/old/department/jobs/khash.html
  20. ^ http://www.chicoer.com/sports/ci_5615931
  21. ^ http://www.newsreview.com/chico/Content?oid=oid%3A33357
  22. ^ http://www.orovillemr.com/news/chico/ci_4660954 Astronomer to speak at Community Center
  23. ^ http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_7308345 Chico considers establishing permanent sister city guidelines
  24. ^ http://www.newsreview.com/chico/Content?oid=oid%3A43367 Chico gets a Southern sister

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External links

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The City of Chico was founded in 1860 by General John Bidwell, and incorporated in 1872 with a population of approximately 1,000 persons in an area of 6.6 square miles.
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