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City of Trees
Located in the Northern Sacramento Valley, ninety miles north of Sacramento on Highway 99, the City of Chico was founded in 1860 by General John Bidwell, a member of one of the first wagon trains to reach California and was incorporated in 1872. The original inhabitants of the area now known as Chico were the Mechoopda Maidu Native Americans. Historian W.H. 'Old Hutch' Hutchinson identified five events as the most seminal in Chico history. They included the arrival of John Bidwell in 1850, the arrival of the California and Oregon Railroad in 1870, the establishment in 1887 of the Northern Branch of the State Normal School, which later became California State University, Chico (Chico State), the purchase of the Sierra Lumber Company by the Diamond Match Company in 1900, and the development of an Army Air Base, which is now the Chico Municipal Airport. Today, The City of Chico encompasses over 33 square miles and is the most populous city in Butte County. The city is a cultural, economic, and educational center of the northern Sacramento Valley and home to both California State University, Chico and Bidwell Park, the country's 13th largest municipally-owned park. Bidwell Park makes up over 17% of the city at 3,670 acres. Other cities in close proximity to the Chico Metropolitan Area (population 212,000) include Paradise and Oroville, while local towns and villages (unincorporated areas) include Durham, Cohasset, Dayton, Hamilton City, Nord, and Forest Ranch. The Chico Metropolitan Area is the 14th largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in California.
The nickname 'City of Roses' appears on the Seal of the City of Chico. However, the city has been designated a Tree City USA for 31 years by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and the nickname 'City of Trees' is more commonly known today. Chico is known as a well-managed city that values quality infrastructure and services, and maintains a special sense of community and small-town living as it has developed into a vibrant regional center for business, recreation and cultural activities. Recreational opportunities in and around Chico include Bidwell Park, the focal point of the city's extensive park system offering numerous trails for biking, hiking and equestrian use. The city encourages the use of bicycles for transportation. Moreover, the city provides accommodations for bicyclists on many roads, like the numerous bike racks in the downtown area and the dozens of classified bike paths and lanes throughout the city. Much of the local economy is driven by the presence of Chico State and it is a thriving college town. Chico's downtown is a prosperous area for unique, independent retail shops and restaurants. Farmers markets attract crowds on Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings. City Plaza hosts free concerts regularly during the summer. Performance venues large and small, bars, restaurants and coffee shops, bookstores and city offices contribute to a lively and flavorful experience.