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When people stroll through the Chico Cemetery on Mangrove Avenue, they may not realize they’re seeing more than headstones and flowers. Upon closer inspection, the grave markers reveal an astonishing array of symbols, many connected to secret societies or exclusive groups such as Freemasons, Knights of the Templar, Daughters of the American Revolution, Odd Fellows, and many, many more.
“The Chico Cemetery has more secret-society symbols per square inch than any other cemetery in the world,”
Bidwell was a Freemason for a time but left the group. He stated that allegiance to the fraternity "was pointless" in a letter to Annie Bidwell on October 17, 1867.