Asking a personal favor for my community – all I need is a click

Personal note: I need a little help for my community. Since the State of California is morally and fiscally bankrupt, they have pulled the plug on the treasure of our town, the Bidwell Mansion, a true relic of the California Gold Rush and Western Expansion. A local citizen established group project to help save the Mansion from the state has been setup, and the local newspaper, The Chico Enterprise Record, will donate $1000 towards that fund if they get 3100 “likes” on their Facebook page.

They write:

Thanks, everyone. We are very close to our goal of 3,100 Facebook fans. If we reach it by March 31, we’ll double our $500 donation to the Save Bidwell Mansion fund and make it $1,000. Click “like” on this page up top and please tell your friends.

Since the online readership of WUWT far exceeds my local newspaper, this should be an easy task. If you have a Facebook account, please go here and “like” my local newspaper:

Here’s the status now:

We need 486 “likes”. This should be a cakewalk for the WUWT community.

Thanks for your consideration, Anthony

P.S. On the right sidebar you can also “like” WUWT’s Facebook page, but that’s a secondary consideration.

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March 27, 2012 6:29 pm

Done! 🙂

March 27, 2012 6:31 pm


March 27, 2012 6:37 pm


March 27, 2012 6:37 pm

Gladly done! My wife and both her sisters are Chico State grads, and my oldest son calls Chico ‘The Best Place on Earth’. California’s version of a New England college town.
You can also selflessly help the greater Chico economy by enjoying some Sierra Nevada brews. (Hey, when beer is involved it’s easy to rationalize anything!)

March 27, 2012 6:38 pm

2674 now, it should reach 10,000 by tonight.

March 27, 2012 6:39 pm

Done !

March 27, 2012 6:44 pm


March 27, 2012 6:46 pm

That was easy.

March 27, 2012 6:47 pm


Frederick Michael
March 27, 2012 6:48 pm

2710 now. Looks like about 300 per hour.

Paul Demmert
March 27, 2012 6:49 pm


March 27, 2012 6:50 pm

Done. It looks like an awesome bit of history. Love old mansions, few build like that anymore.

March 27, 2012 6:53 pm

2,727 likes so far.

Barbara Skolaut
March 27, 2012 6:54 pm

My click put it up to 2730, Anthony.
And I already “like” WUWT – because there’s not a “love” button. ;-p

March 27, 2012 6:58 pm

done, great for history

March 27, 2012 7:01 pm

I’ll, like, fur shure Like it, fur shure, fur shure (I trust this is a proper interpretation of an LA Valley accent?)

March 27, 2012 7:05 pm

Done, #2758

Aussie Luke Warm
March 27, 2012 7:06 pm

Done. So the world’s 4th (or so) largest economy, California, has (borrowed) money to burn on “climate change” idiocy but nothing for its heritage. Disturbing.

March 27, 2012 7:07 pm

done 2778

March 27, 2012 7:08 pm

Done! 2777

Eric in NC
March 27, 2012 7:09 pm

Done. We’re moving to CA to be near our daughter.
Changing my name to “Kaliforniabound”.

Mike Wryley
March 27, 2012 7:11 pm

What if you have some money burning a hole in your pocket ?
You might want to cut to the chase and post the address for donations.
You have more power than you realize.

Michael A. Lewis
March 27, 2012 7:13 pm

Thanks for caring about this beautiful home.

jim devier
March 27, 2012 7:15 pm

2795 here. Beautiful house!

March 27, 2012 7:16 pm

Just make it a sticky until they get there! 🙂 Up to 2778.

Joseph Bastardi
March 27, 2012 7:17 pm

but with the offshore oil reserves you have, alot of things like this could be made easier if your state would wake up to the fact they are sitting on a gold mine. It makes me sick to see who suffers, I am sure its not hurting the people in Pelosi’s district that they tie up a source of revenue and recovery.
Sorry about having to drive home a point I am sure you already know.
If I click twice, will they catch me? Does that make me unethical..lets say the way I am because I dont believe in the global warming scam that is killing your state and our country

Anything is possible
March 27, 2012 7:18 pm

Mine put it up to 2,801.
We can’t afford to lose even more history……

David Ball
March 27, 2012 7:19 pm

Done. Love historic structures of all eras.

March 27, 2012 7:20 pm

done and its up to 2800 on my view…

mark wagner
March 27, 2012 7:34 pm


kbray in california
March 27, 2012 7:37 pm

Sean Peake says:
March 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm
I’ll, like, fur shure Like it, fur shure, fur shure (I trust this is a proper interpretation of an LA Valley accent?)
Sean…. For the people who live in Chico….. LA is a foreign country( hundreds of miles away)…. And LA can move LA to some South Pacific Island that is rapidly sinking.
No “Love Lost” in Chico for the valley girls…
fur shure, fur shure.
Oh yeah, like done.

March 27, 2012 7:38 pm


March 27, 2012 7:42 pm


March 27, 2012 7:42 pm

Done. Now at 2854 likes.
The mansion looks like a wonderful place to get a “taste” of history.

March 27, 2012 7:44 pm


Bob Diaz
March 27, 2012 7:45 pm


March 27, 2012 7:49 pm


Jenn Oates
March 27, 2012 7:51 pm

Yeah, me too. 🙂

March 27, 2012 7:55 pm

If I win the lotto tonight I will match that 1k. LOL
Likes done

March 27, 2012 7:59 pm

Watch them get to 6k likes in an hour just because you put up this post.

March 27, 2012 7:59 pm

Almost to 2900. We have a nice historic mansion where I live that they turned into a restaurant long ago ( Hope the Bidwell survives a long long time!

March 27, 2012 7:59 pm


David Silvester
March 27, 2012 8:01 pm


April E. Coggins
March 27, 2012 8:12 pm

Anthony, I only wish you had asked for more. You are the bravest man I have ever known.

March 27, 2012 8:13 pm

It’s at 2926 now. Keep it coming!!
Joanie in Carlsbad

Doug Jones
March 27, 2012 8:15 pm


March 27, 2012 8:19 pm

Done. Hope it helps

Gary Meyers
March 27, 2012 8:21 pm

2937 after I voted.

William Martin in NZ
March 27, 2012 8:25 pm


Bill S
March 27, 2012 8:28 pm

Give me info on how to make a direct contribution please.
REPLY: here you go:
Make your checks payable to: “North Valley Community Foundation”, and write “Bidwell Mansion Community Project” on the memo line. Send to:
North Valley Community Foundation
3120 Cohasset Road, #8
Chico, CA 95973-0978
1. You may also make an online contribution at by clicking on the link for the NVCF on the home page.
2. That takes you here:
3. Locate “Bidwell Mansion Community Project” and check the box
4. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click “donate now” and it will send you to PayPal.

Jenn Oates
March 27, 2012 8:36 pm

I’m chuckling that so many of us are on Facebook. 🙂

March 27, 2012 8:36 pm

2964 including my vote

March 27, 2012 8:38 pm

Clicked. And Actually do like it 🙂

March 27, 2012 8:38 pm

Sorry – I’m not a facebook member. But I did post a link on reddit:

March 27, 2012 8:40 pm

It’s beautiful.

Michel J. Bentley
March 27, 2012 8:42 pm

Closing in on 3K – keep it going
and going and going and going

March 27, 2012 8:47 pm


R Barker
March 27, 2012 8:51 pm


Jim G
March 27, 2012 8:51 pm

Only 107 left to go now!

March 27, 2012 8:53 pm

I made it 3000!

March 27, 2012 9:00 pm


Chuck Nolan
March 27, 2012 9:00 pm

Anything else?

Brian H
March 27, 2012 9:04 pm

3,013 at ~9pm PST. About 400 in 2½ hrs.

March 27, 2012 9:05 pm

Done 😉 3015

Gordon Ford
March 27, 2012 9:07 pm

Done, As a geologist who took part in the 198os California Gold Rush {Jamestown Mine}, {Pine Tree Mine}, {Rich Gulch} etc. I have a soft spot for the Dysfunctional State. Worked with a Geoligist from Chico named Dahl.

March 27, 2012 9:09 pm

California is being looted by the public-sector unions, the corrupt politicians (are there are any other kind), and illegal aliens. And now we are being saddled with the global warming idiocy and the high speed rail boondoggle.
We’ve almost reached the tipping point on the handle that flushes this state down the loo.
Okay, done ranting; will now go click LIKE on Facebook.

March 27, 2012 9:09 pm


March 27, 2012 9:11 pm

I visited the place last Fall (daughter is a Freshman at CS Chico). I also visited the page. 3,022 and rising.

March 27, 2012 9:16 pm

As a native and long-term ex-resident of “Superior California”, I actually would have been happy to hit the kitty for a modest donation to save a cultural treasure of my “native land” as well. . .but could not find a Paypal link or somesuch on the community group page.
Jes’ sayin’.

March 27, 2012 9:16 pm

Had nuked my FB… but brought it back on line, for this.
It’s at now 3026.

March 27, 2012 9:17 pm

3032 – keep clicking!

March 27, 2012 9:20 pm


March 27, 2012 9:20 pm

Delighted to help. Done and done.

Kim D
March 27, 2012 9:23 pm


Jimmy Haigh.
March 27, 2012 9:27 pm

3042. Good luck to Chico from offshore Mocimboa de Praio, Mozambique!

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
March 27, 2012 9:37 pm

For WUWT’s 5th birthday, for my own small silent gift, I finally broke down and signed up for Buttbook so I could Like WUWT. Then the counter hovered around 3,025. Now it’s over 4,075.
Today, with this one, my Like count is up to 2. When does the madness end?
BTW Anthony, could you get your crazy nemesis over at Chico State to help out? It’s a nice non-partisan cause, surely he wouldn’t begrudge some assistance just to avoid working with you on something. Or would he?

Dennis Dunton
March 27, 2012 9:37 pm

Done. 3040.

March 27, 2012 9:42 pm

Task Two. . .done!
And I added a note crediting WUWT for the gift.

March 27, 2012 9:51 pm

odd..I was 3040… Dunton, how’d we get the same number?

Ian of Fremantle
March 27, 2012 9:51 pm


March 27, 2012 9:54 pm

Why is it that cuts always affect the little guys yet there’s always at least the same number of managers left over?

Jenn Oates
March 27, 2012 9:57 pm

When Europe wakes up you’ll probably get some more likes, so global are we here.

March 27, 2012 10:01 pm

Less than 25 to go. Having fun watching the numbers roll in (courtesy of the renew button).

Warren in New Zealand
March 27, 2012 10:01 pm

3,076 likes · 1,629 talking about this · 5 were here

March 27, 2012 10:07 pm

Another one done. 18 to go.

March 27, 2012 10:09 pm

@ Jeef. Because when you are trying to trim out the dead wood, it’s generally the dead wood which is holding the axe.

kbray in california
March 27, 2012 10:10 pm

A little interlude while we vote…

March 27, 2012 10:11 pm

15 more.
Let’s post on their wall and encourage them to up the ante if we can press it to 5000 by the end of March.
Make that 11!

March 27, 2012 10:12 pm

Why is it that cuts always affect the little guys

Because b’crats know that if they get the little guys mad at the evil state or other government, they will be likely to push for settlement or subsidy or whatever.

March 27, 2012 10:19 pm


March 27, 2012 10:19 pm

6 more to go! Keep ’em coming!

Paul Marko
March 27, 2012 10:21 pm

It was at 3091

March 27, 2012 10:22 pm


March 27, 2012 10:23 pm

Two, and counting!

March 27, 2012 10:24 pm

Bingo! And we have it!

March 27, 2012 10:25 pm

3099 no joke

March 27, 2012 10:26 pm

3096 Greetings from UK

Neil Jones
March 27, 2012 10:29 pm

Now 3,101

March 27, 2012 10:32 pm

So now we should go to their facebook page and make posts to encourage them to up the ante if we can press it further.

March 27, 2012 10:52 pm

3114 now.

Brian H
March 27, 2012 11:05 pm

Well, their original target was about 500 in 5 days. It took WUWT about 4 hrs.

Tony McGough
March 27, 2012 11:11 pm

3128. That was quick!
Anthony, we trust you and yours …

Bill Jamison
March 27, 2012 11:16 pm

Well that didn’t take long!
The power of WUWT on display!

March 27, 2012 11:20 pm

Bet that is the first time the Chico Enterprise Record got a “like” from the United Arab Emirates

Patrick Davis
March 27, 2012 11:34 pm

Too late for the 3100 target, liked anyway, but there is a comment somewhere there about doubling the contribution if they get to 5000 likes?

March 28, 2012 12:04 am


Disko Troop
March 28, 2012 12:58 am

As always, I am over the top!
Used to love California. Pismo beach clams. Surfing in the morning north of San Diego, skiing in the afternoon. Gateway restaurant at Pumpkin Hollow Bridge. Happy Days.

March 28, 2012 1:03 am

Would be happy to help you on this Mr Watts but I’ve been assiduosly trying to stay away from Facebook. I was a techie going back to the late 60s, but this social media stuff scare the bejeebers out of me. To much info in the public domain that can come back and bite you.

March 28, 2012 1:12 am

Me too. Sorry.

March 28, 2012 1:18 am

EW-3 says:
March 28, 2012 at 1:03 am
Would be happy to help you on this Mr Watts but I’ve been assiduosly trying to stay away from Facebook. I was a techie going back to the late 60s, but this social media stuff scare the bejeebers out of me. To much info in the public domain that can come back and bite you.

Same here.
I have a twitter account, though, and I was one of the first in my country to have one, but I do not use it because I think it is useless for me. Facebook fails in the same basket.

Kelvin Vaughan
March 28, 2012 1:26 am

My first ever “Like” click!

March 28, 2012 1:34 am


March 28, 2012 1:36 am

Just made it 3200 likes

Garry Stotel
March 28, 2012 1:41 am


March 28, 2012 1:56 am

3206 from down under. 🙂

March 28, 2012 2:00 am

Me too.
Although I only go back to the 70sas a techie I feel the same way about the social media and its custodians (if that’s the right word)

March 28, 2012 2:23 am

Done. And I also live in Yuba City so my family and I should really visit. We have been by a number of times, we should really stop in. Thank you Anthony for your community service.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
March 28, 2012 2:40 am

From SandyInDerby on March 28, 2012 at 2:00 am:

Although I only go back to the 70sas a techie I feel the same way about the social media and its custodians (if that’s the right word)

In the late 1970’s I was assembling Radio Shack soldering-required electronics kits. One used a vacuum tube. While I had long tested 9-volts with my tongue, the innocent-looking similar-sized 48V battery made my vision flash white and nearly knocked me on my butt. All these years later, and vacuum tubes are still used for state of the art equipment.
Insane asylums and children have custodians. That’s the right word. ☺

March 28, 2012 2:56 am

Anthony, what a great building and setting. can we donate directly to the fund?

March 28, 2012 3:00 am

Done and posted to my FB page as well.

Old woman of the north
March 28, 2012 3:05 am

We visited lovely Bidwill House when we visited Chico in 2000. Wonderful history!

Bloke down the pub
March 28, 2012 3:16 am

It’s funny what different people think is old. My local pub is over one hundred years older than this mansion and it isn’t even a listed building. Perspective is everything I suppose. Hopefully it’ll still be there in another hundred years.

Cold Englishman
March 28, 2012 3:20 am

Done with pleasure

March 28, 2012 3:50 am

No problem Anthony, thanks for all your efforts! I LIke.

March 28, 2012 3:55 am

Help Please.
In my wanderings I found this bet.
In 2008 “Climate Scientists Put Their Money Where Their Models Are”
Could Mr Watts. or Mr Willis E. Please do a follow-up?

Mark Bofill
March 28, 2012 3:57 am


March 28, 2012 4:10 am


March 28, 2012 4:39 am

The Italianate, Victorian style of villa exemplified by Bidwell Mansion was quite common in Victoria (naturally), Australia during the gold rush boom years of the late 1800’s. Great to see such a fine example still standing in California as I believe examples of this particular style, built in masonry, to be fairly rare in your state? I commend your efforts to ensure its preservation. Well done that man.

March 28, 2012 5:00 am


Steve from Rockwood
March 28, 2012 5:24 am

I like the Bidwell Museum.

March 28, 2012 5:39 am

As of 0830 Atlantic Time 28-Mar, there were 3,295 ‘LIKES’, including mine.

Paul Coppin
March 28, 2012 5:42 am

Done. Will the Chico Enterprise double their donation for every 3100 likes? Just sayin’… 🙂

March 28, 2012 6:23 am


March 28, 2012 7:14 am

Unfortunately I don’t have a facebook account but it never ceases to amaze me how poorly America treats some of it’s heritage. I used to be a frequent visitor to Philadelphia and the same thing happened to part of it’s waterfront which was redeveloped. Go for it Anthony this stuff should be saved!

Steamboat Jack
March 28, 2012 7:16 am

3341 and now 3342.
It will be interesting to see by the end of the day how many “click”.
Steamboat Jack (Jon Jeett’s evil twin)

March 28, 2012 7:45 am


March 28, 2012 7:45 am


March 28, 2012 7:52 am

One more from the UK. Keep up the good work great site very educational thank you Anthony and all your mods.

Hangtown Bob
March 28, 2012 8:15 am

I made it 3365.

March 28, 2012 8:37 am

I knew it was bad, but not that bad …
The Governator almost terminated a hole state … (sorry, couldn’t resist)

March 28, 2012 9:24 am


Reed Coray
March 28, 2012 10:30 am

Anthony/Mods. I don’t have a Facebook account, nor do I want one. Is there any way for people like me to vote? I also don’t Tweet or Twitter or whatever.
REPLY: Thanks Reed, but we’ve reached the goal and then some. Your support is appreciated. – Anthony

TomTurner in SF
March 28, 2012 11:49 am

I voted Yes (Like)

Ted G
March 28, 2012 1:12 pm

Done – Good Anthony

March 28, 2012 2:07 pm

Done! Nothing like that here in Ontario, closest is the “Italianate” style of the early 1900s. This one’s a beaut. Good luck with that one, Anthony. What are they thinking, to turn it into a Taco Bell? A Hooters? Plenty of money for bird choppers but not a national heritage? Bleedin’ barbarians.

Gary Pearse
March 28, 2012 2:16 pm

I don’t have a facebook acount so I donated $100 on their donation page on the web.
Scroll down to the saving Bidwell Mansion, check the box and then scroll down to the bottom and press “donate”.

Richard deSousa
March 28, 2012 2:40 pm


March 28, 2012 4:44 pm

Done. Saw the Bidwell when I was checking out Cal State Chico with my daughter. Very well worth promoting.

March 28, 2012 5:19 pm

3,492 after my “like,” and it was easy for a magnificent house like that.
For those leery of Facebook, it’s easy to protect yourself. Just don’t enter any data you would be worried about exposing to unwanted eyes (like phone #, street address, etc) and you’ll be fine. I doubt anyone will get much benefit from my published musical and/or literary preferences. 🙂
A friend of mine in his early 50s managed to find his kids through Facebook, after many years of separation. There are good points to the system.

Mr Lynn
March 28, 2012 6:46 pm

3498. Neat house.
/Mr Lynn

Phil's Dad
March 28, 2012 8:12 pm

3,503 likes at this time.
Such an easy way to help a thing of beauty.

March 28, 2012 10:03 pm

Archimedes said “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”
Too bad he didn’t know about WUWT! Glad to help, Anthony!

March 29, 2012 2:18 pm

Not knowing that in their midst, is salvation.

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