A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2012 Issue

125 Years of Chico State

125 Years of Chico State

The seeds of Chico State were planted in the late 1800s, in an area whose original residents were the Mechoopda Indians. John Bidwell, one of the first emigrants on the California Trail, purchased Rancho Arroyo Chico on Chico Creek in 1849 to establish a ranch and farm. In 1887, he donated his eight-acre cherry orchard to secure the northern branch of the State Normal School for Chico.

In the following pages, the University celebrates its unique past with stories, images, and traditions. These are just a few of the highlights of Chico State’s long and rich history.

SPECIAL THANKS to George Thompson and staff of the Special Collections Department of Meriam Library, which provided more than 100 images from CSU, Chico’s Historic Photograph Collection and the University Archives, including the Record. Much of the collection is online through the Meriam Library at “Chico Digital Collections.” Part of the digital collection includes the recently created online Chico State Yearbook Collection.

Materials were also taken from the book A Precious Sense of Place (Friends of the Meriam Library, 1991) by W.H. Hutchinson and Clarence F. McIntosh and developed by CSU, Chico librarian Pam Herman Bush.

Thanks also to the Goudie family and Lorraine Goudie (’07), who sent us several photos of her grandmother. Four generations of the Goudies have attended Chico State, including Lorraine’s great-grandmother Beryl (Harris) Goudie (’07) and Eleanor Goudie (’32), pictured on page 10 with her roommate at Bidwell Mansion.

Note: Some years are approximate; they were referenced as “circa” in the collection.

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