Jon Kennedy
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Willows and views of Sacramento River, Glenn County Ca.

Despite the many posts I've put on the Jonals from and about my visits to Willows over the years, I have never published any pictures of it before. It has some very picturesque sites, including the county courthouse seen in the open shot below. Though it looks majestic, it is considerably smaller than Cambria County's courthouse in Ebensburg. About 80 miles north of Sacramento on the major north-south Interstate highway in California (I-5, which goes from the border of Mexico at Tijuana to the Canadian border in Washington), my brother Bob and his wife Lois moved there and opened a business around 1969. They moved back to Lois's home area in Indiana when they sold the business and, after Lois passed in 1996, Bob moved back to Willows.

Also seen in Willows in the video below are some clips of the Veterans Memorial Building where the VFW in town has its offices and its meetings and which was ceremoniously burning worn-out American flags on Flag Day. Bob is an active member of the VFW, so between that obligation and a poppy sale fundraiser in front of the town's supermarket, I had lots of time to occupy myself independently during last week's visit. I was in a mood to get better acquainted with the Sacramento River which flows about ten miles east of Willows, having its source at Mount Shasta near the Oregon border and its mouth in the San Francisco Bay west of Sacramento.

After visiting river sites near Butte City my first day of touring, the next day I went north to Hamilton City and the Bidwell River State Park, all of which are covered in this nearly 25-minute video.

Click the play button above for the Windows Media version, or if you are on a platform that is not Windows-compatible, click here to watch the video on YouTube. Double-click to make the video above full-screen.

The map below shows the sites discussed in the video. After leaving the river at Bidwell State Park near the village of Hamilton City, I went on to Chico, a city of aproximately 90,000 residents, a few miles farther east at the Sierra foothills, to take a nature walk at another park named Bidwell, that city's major green area but far from the Sacramento River. I hope to add the video taken on that walk next time.

— Webmaster Jon Kennedy


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