Tehama - The Magazine

Fall 2013

Tehama - The Magazine - Red Bluff Daily News

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History lives on in Red Bluff's Victorians Six-Mile Drive Is A Journey Into Yesteryear By Bryon Burruss Red Bluff is often referred to as "the Victorian city on the river" for the many 19th and early 20th century homes and businesses that line the streets from Rio to Lincoln and from Willow to Breckenridge. Constructed from the 1850s to about 1906, these beautiful structures represent various styles, from Carpenter Gothic, Early and Late Queen Anne, and Cobblestone, to Cubical, Italianate, Estate-Style and Orthodox-Inspired Victorians. The tour also includes St. Peter's Episcopal Church (1892), the first Christian Church (1900), and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1906). One of the keystones of the historic tour is Ide Adobe State Historic Park, nestled in a shady bank-side grove along the Sacramento River. The park preserves the adobe home and grounds of pioneer William B Ide, who 'fought' in the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt and was named president of the short-lived California Republic. The scenic park also conducts several educational programs for children and hosts a popular annual Adobe Days celebration. The property is about a mile north from Oak on Main St, and east another mile on Adobe Road. Another of the most interesting homes is that of John Brown's widow, at 135 Main St. Brown was an dedicated abolitionist who led an unsuccessful raid on a Virginia rifle factory in 1859. He was captured, tried for murder and for conspiring with slaves, found guilty and hanged on December 2, 1859. October, 2013, Tehama - the Magazine 25

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