The Story of Richardson Springs will be the subject of a lecture on
Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Chico Museum at 141 Salem (Corner of 2nd St. and Salem in Chico.)
Suggested donation: $5 for adults and $3 for students/seniors and children 5-14.
Mike and Richard Boggs and Barbara Kelly, descendants of the Chico Richardson family, will tell the story of Richardson Springs with photos, letters, family artifacts and personal reflection. Several Richardson brothers arrived in Butte County from Iowa in the 1860’s. They acquired ownership of valley homesites and foothill lands east of Chico.
The five mineral springs in the foothills on Mud Creek were known by Native Americans for their medicinal and health properties. A resort hotel and first bath house were built at the site about 1890. Fire destroyed the first complex in 1921. A grand new hotel complex opened in 1924. It became one of Chico’s most popular social and recreational centers and one of California’s most heralded health spas. This program will provide a great introduction to the scheduled “open visitor day” event at the Richardson Springs site in May.
Thank you to Chico Noon Rotary for donating funds to help purchase more seating for this well-attended Lecture Series at the Chico Museum!