John Bidwell’s Rancho Chico about 1854. This shows the view of what is now Main Street looking North from what is now the junction of First and Main Streets. On the left is Bidwell’s Adobe home prior to the building of the Bidwell Mansion. On the right is Bidwell’s Flouring Mills. (MLSC) First and Main looking south circa 1906 (MLSC) Chico Marble and Granite Works on the southeast corner of First and Main (MLSC) Dorothy Dean Robbie Carr riding her tricycle across the street from the Chico Poultry & Egg Exchange. Her father was J. Warren Robbie, a stonemason whose business was on the SE corner of Main and First Street. ca. 1929 (MLSC)

First and Main is the intersection of First Street and Main Street in downtown. It is located at the northernmost part of the downtown near where Main Street turns into Esplanade. It is currently the location of Ringel Park, the Chico Savings Building, 7-11, and a vacant lot.

Historically, it is one of the very oldest parts of the city. It was the site of the Chico Marble and Granite Works and the Chico Poultry & Egg Exchange

See also Banner poles.

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