The Kennedy Ranch

The Kennedy Ranch. Or as we call it today, Sycamore Ranch, or The Chico Ranch. This ranch is still in our family, actually all the ranches mentioned in the article below are still in production.  A portion of it was sold off as an eminent domain in the 1980’s, but for the most part, this ranch is largely intact.  Quite frankly, this is one of the most beautiful ranches in Northern California.

It’s a couple of miles away from downtown Chico, right over the fence from Bidwell Park, and homes have been built on the portion that was taken away. But once you enter the gate, and go over the hill, you feel like civilization and all of your problems are hundreds of miles away. When I am there I imagine what it must have been like when my great grandparents bought it. I’m just starting to uncover the history behind these ranches, but I understand why my family chose to settle, live and die here.

My Mom recently gave me a box of newspaper clippings. This box was from either my Grandfather or from my Great Aunt. It contained mainly clipping about agriculture from 1954, but it did have some gems. These gems included the article posted below and some other clippings relevant to the Family. I’ll be posting them over the next several weeks because they are really cool. This article is about the purchase of the Kennedy Ranch.


Filed under Ag, agriculture, animals, Beef, family, History, Know a California Farmer, Media, Ranch life

4 Responses to The Kennedy Ranch

  1. Sharon Brown

    I’m kinda grateful that my fridge died last week. Gary told me not to buy a fridge with a water and ice dispenser and that is just what I bought. I would not have cleaned out that back cabinet in the utility room to install my copper water line and that box of treasures would still be stuck in that dark corner for a long time to come.

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  3. Mike Hansbrough

    We live on Doe Mill Ridge and are interested in local history.
    I believe our property is part of the old Wilson and/or Dorett ranch.
    Do you have any links we could explore to find out about the history of Doe Mill Ridge?
    Thank you

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