Chism Mobile Home and RV Park History

Chism’s Auto Camp was started by Harry Chism in the summer of 1927 on property his father purchased in 1880. Harry created the campground to accommodate a joint Nevada/California industrial fair that was held on the sight of what was to become picturesque Idlewild Park. At that time, the campground consisted of campsites, a large kitchen tent, and another large tent that was used as a boathouse. The office consisted of a living area and a small gas station and convenience store. When Harry died in 1929, his son John decided to take over the park and try to make a living from it. It was decided that the park should expand to accommodate mobile homes. John created 8 motel units and 16 cold water cabins with an adjoining bathhouse to earn income from the property.