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      Gridley-Biggs Cemetery 2023 Hwy 99 • 530-846-2537 This World War II Memorial honors all American veterans and carries the picture and story of area native Warren McCutcheon on the nine-foot tall black granite slab. McCutcheon, who was 17 at the time, is believed to have been the first casualty of the bombing at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 while he served as a machine gunner on the foremast of the U.S.S. Maryland. Dedicated on Memorial Day, 1996, by retired Navy Admiral John Bitoff, the memorial was erected by V.F.W. Gridley Post 5731 and Biggs Post 3811 with the hope that future generations would “Remember Pearl Harbor” and defend America with that same devotion.   Read More
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      Butte County Fairgrounds199 East Hazel St. • 530-846-3626 These 36 tree-shaded acres are home to the Butte County Fair every August, a fair that is known as one of the most outstanding examples of an old-fashioned county fair in the state. Flower, food, 4-H, & craft exhibits, livestock judging, country music, carnival, destruction derby, rodeo, and much more are at the fair. The fairgrounds also hosts dog shows, car shows, and RV rallys during the year. So, hi ho, why don’t you grab your family and come to ‘em all!   Read More
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      Lavender Ranch 17 Rio Bonito Ave. Biggs, CA 95917 530-868-5151 www.LavenderRanch.com California Farming since 1865, Lavender Ranch welcomes you to step onto the land and experience the fragrance and beauty of their lavender fields.  Their flowering fields are in high bloom in May and June annually, and the ranch gives many tours during that time of the year. Lavender has a sweet, floral, herbaceous scent with a woody undertone, and is used in many beauty products and soaps, as well as in sachets, and also in recipes for salads, meats, desserts and drinks.  All of Lavender Ranch’s products are grown, distilled and created on the ranch, assuring quality control. Though best known for uses on the skin and hair, if you check Lavender Hill’s website, you will also find a number of different recipes to try.  Their products can be purchased at the ranch (their Garden House Boutique is open Monday through Saturday), online or at local farmers markets. We keep a bouquet atop a chest in our bedroom closet, just because the scent is so very lovely.   Read More
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      Gray Lodge Wildlife Area eight Miles Southwest of Gridley, Pennington/Almond Orchard Rds. 530-846-7505 Fish and Game, its 9,182 acres are among the most extensively used seasonal wetlands in the Pacific Flyway. More than 80 miles of roads run through the area with more than 50 miles of trails available for hikers and bicyclists. Gray Lodge is an official California Watchable Wildlife site. Year round you may observe several species of resident waterfowl, as well as a vast number of migratory passerines and shore birds. Many raptors, deer, and other wildlife are commonly observed in the area. Sandhill cranes and migratory waterfowl begin returning to the area in early fall.  Waterfowl viewing is best from November through January.  It is highly recommended you bring insect repellent and sunscreen for your comfort. Fishing is available until October.   Read More
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      Sutter Buttes 2 miles from Gray Lodge Wildlife Area • 530-634-6387 Privately owned; tours are available Formed one and a half to two and a half million years ago, the Sutter Buttes are the world’s smallest complete mountain range and can be seen for miles around. Many Maidu Indian villages were once located near the Buttes, and the Indians called them the Spirit Mountains believing that their spirits went there after death. The Buttes were also an important lookout point for early pioneers and military scouts, and today are enjoyed by thousands who annually come to photograph or capture their beauty on canvas. Scenic drive markers direct motorists around the exterior of the Buttes.   Read More
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      Murals in Gridley Tree in Live Oak, south of Gridley on Hwy 99 There are only 55 trees identified in the nation as having been standing at the time of the signing of the Constitution. One of those, a Valley Oak, stands in Live Oak. Each tree identified by the Living-Witness Tree Program reflects a longterm commitment by local tree care professionals who provide life-time care.  Co-sponsors of the Live Oak Tree are Arborists Scot Wineland of Chico’s Wineland Walnuts, and Meg Burgin, of Live Oak’s Domestique Tree and Garden Service. In 1997 Gridley initiated a mural program which has grown yearly.  They’re all well done, and if you stop by the Chamber of Commerce, they’ll give you a map with exact locations. Read More
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      Gridley Museum Corner of Hazel & Kentucky Streets 530-530-846-3142 The Gridley Museum is housed in the Veatch Building.  The museum collects, preserves exhibits and interprets artifacts, photographs and other documents which pertain to the cultural heritage of Gridley and Butte County, including early rice farming and early orchards. Its collection is used primarily to educate and inform the general public about the people, places, and events of historical significance. Stop by any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, 10- 2 p.m.. You’re bound to learn a little and maybe a lot!   Read More
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