Chico cemetery tour provides historical, educational entertainment – Chico Enterprise-Record

Chico cemetery tour provides historical, educational entertainment – Chico Enterprise-Record

[ad_1]

CHICO — About 50 acres in size, the Chico Cemetery has housed those who have passed on for generations. The cemetery that sits on Mangrove Avenue has been a homestead for loved ones, pockets of history and services for people who lay their beloved to rest for eternity.

On occasion, a free tour allows people to have the chance to take a glance at the historical gem.

“She’s an old girl,” said retired Chico Cemetery Family Service Counselor Clark Masters. “I believe that the first burial here was in June 1852. That was Amos Fry.  The thing is, we don’t really know exactly where Amos Fry is buried. You have to remember, Chico wasn’t even Chico at that time. There was no office here, there was nothing — just a bunch of trees.”

Most of the ground at the cemetery was donated by John Bidwell, founder of Chico. Now, some groups such as the Catholic Church, the Masons and Odd Fellows have bought burial rights for designated parts in the cemetery.

The tour encapsulates educational information about cemetery terminology, local historical figures and common burial traditions.

Information about the next free Chico cemetery tour, led by Masters can be found on Facebook. To make a reservation for a private group, information can be found at the Chico Cemetery Association website.

[ad_2]

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *