Series 3: The Sculpting of a Valley Landscape: Mining, Agriculture, and the History of the Big Chico, Little Chico, Butte and Dry Creek Drainages

  • Sat, October 07, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Chico History Museum, 141 Salem St. Chico, CA 95928


Registration is closed

This presentation traces the historical impact of mining, diversion, and irrigation which combined have re-sculpted south-Chico's major drainages, landscapes, and hydrology. Early maps, land and water claims, legislation and water policy, legal filings and court rulings, and historic-era documents are consulted for a broad-scope look at the early ranchos, their collapse and sub-division, the area's earliest irrigation projects, hydraulic mining and its catastrophic consequences, and the area's massive reconfiguration in response to rice agriculture.

Presenter: Greg White


11AM to 4PM - Thursday to Sunday 

Closed - Monday to Wednesday

Suggested Admission: 

$5.00 - Adult ages 18-64

$3.00 - Senior 65+/ Military Veteran/ Student/ Child 5+

FREE - Child under age 5

(530) 891-4336

P.O. Box 6988, Chico, CA 95927

A 501 (c) (3) organization.

Special thanks to the City of Chico for its generous support of Chico History Museum.

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