• William B Ide Adobe State Historic Park - Red Bluff, California

      William B Ide Adobe State Historic Park
      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      On the banks of the Sacramento River stands an adobe hut that for many years was believed to have been the home of noted settler William B. Ide. In recent years, it was discovered that his home was actually a couple of miles downriver. But by then the small park established around the adobe had already been named in his honor, and California State Parks decided to keep it that way. Ide is famous for having served as the president of the Independent Republic Of California for 25 days in 1846 after the state revolted against Mexico. The park also features a recreated schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and woodworking shop, and is the home of educational demonstrations and special events featuring costumed reenactors.

      If you go:
      There is no campground at this park, but there is a nice place for picnicking and viewing local wildlife, which includes a herd of about half a dozen deer that come around like clockwork every day at dawn and dusk. If you're lucky, you may even spot some river otters. The Visitor Center is open 10 to 4 Friday through Sunday, and features an informative little museum. Adobe Day is a festival held each September. The park has a Youtube channel that features educational videos about the park and life in the period it commemorates. One of these videos features this writer portraying William B. Ide and telling the story of the so-called Bear Flag Revolt, in which California declared its independence.


      21659 Adobe Road
      Red Bluff, California 96080 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park
      +1 (530) 529-8599