The Gold Nugget Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts. It provides interactive workshops for young people and conducts interesting presentations about Paradise and Butte County history. The main museum was destroyed in the Camp Fire, which swept through the Paradise Ridge community on the morning of November 8, 2018.
The historic Paradise Depot was untouched by the fire, so operations were moved there temporarily while plans for a new main museum are being developed. The Depot was originally a way station of the Butte County Railroad, which transported supplies and lumber between Diamond Match mills in Stirling City and Chico.
Depot visitors might also be interested in strolling along the Yellowstone Kelly Heritage Trail with its 31 historical plaques depicting pioneers and the roles they played in Ridge history. The Depot is open Thursday through Monday from noon to 4 PM. Admission is free.