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Butte County Library

The mission of the Butte County Library is to provide all individuals, regardless of age, ethnic background, educational or economic level, with free access to ideas, information, and technology.

Originally established in the Butte County Charter in 1913, the Butte County Library system today consists of six branch libraries and a literacy program. Administrative offices for the Library are located in the Oroville Branch Library. The Library also serves residents through branches in Biggs, Chico, Durham, Gridley, and Paradise. 

Contact Information:

Butte County Library
1749 Spencer Ave.
Oroville, CA 95965
Telephone: (530) 538-7641
Email: buttehistory@sbcglobal.net

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Description: Black and white photo of an overview inside powerhouse with the large windows behind. A large cylindrical tank is in center ground, next to a very high wall with high windows. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0087 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Las Plumas Power Plant, Las Plumas (Calif.),...
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Description: Black and white photo of a large cylindrical tank with lots of pipes emanating from it - gauges next to it suggest it is a pressure mechanism of some kind. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0086 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Las Plumas Power Plant, Las Plumas (Calif.),...
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Description: A black and white photo of a very large pipe (sectioned) coming down a steep slope. The lower portion looks like it is put in place, but the sections have not yet been telescoped into place. Scaffolding, letters, etc. are around the pipe. Above is what looks like a wooden fence running perpendicular to the pipe, with a tower above and a small shed-type structure off to the side. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas Power Plant"; "638". Source :  1 Page of 1 :...
Topics: californialightandsound, Las Plumas (Calif.), Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power...
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Description: A side view of the Las Plumas "Club House" or community house in the Feather River Canyon. A row of cottages is visible to the left, across the drive. A road or railroad cut is visible on the hillside above. A phone or electric cable crosses the picture at an angle down to the roof of the club house. Inscribed on the backside: "[J. B. Stansell], Santa Barbara Co. Club - CA. - J. L. Williams"; "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (3 3/8 x 5...
Topics: californialightandsound, Las Plumas (Calif.), Business and industry--Power--Las Plumas Power Plant,...
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Description: Sepia photo of a scene of Las Plumas (residential area) with snow on the ground. Two houses are shown but both are obscured by vegetation. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas"; "17". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 1/4 x 4  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0055 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and Structures--Community Recreation, Las Plumas (Calif.),...
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Description: A black and white photo of a railroad car with a very large rectangular item, two men on top and a mountainside behind them. Inscribed on backside: "Las Plumas"; "tank and core?"; "crane"; "freight to Arboga". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (3 1/8 x 5 13/8 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0036 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, History--Community--Las Plumas, californiarevealed
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Description: View of the Las Plumas Club House showing front steps, vegetation, and another house behind it to the right. Sepia. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas Club House". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 1/4 x 4 1/8 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0054 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and Structures--Community Recreation, Las Plumas (Calif.),...
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Description: A black and white photo of a structure much like #91-41-28 (scaffolding) with ladder steps going up one side. Below on the ground are several men and a mule team and wagon behind. Much lumber. Behind is a river and up from there is the mountainside. Inscribed on the backside: Las Plumas Power Plant site under const.; 548. Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 1/4 x 4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0032 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures--Power generation--Las Plumas Powerhouse,...
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Description: A black and white photo of the Las Plumas powerhouse from above, looking up the Feather River with the Western Pacific Railroad track winding to the side of the river to the right. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas PG&E looking up river". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (5 1/2  x  3 1/2 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0016 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company, Business and...
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Description: Black and white photo of the Las Plumas Powerhouse from a distance. Photographed from down river, it shows the construction site before the main building was built. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas." Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0093 Digitized by  California Revealed .
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Topics: californialightandsound, Las Plumas (Calif.), Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power...
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Description: Sepia photo of Las Plumas of railroad station with railroad cars on the tracks. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0121 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Geography--Rivers and streams--Feather River, Transportation--Railroads,...
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Description: A black and white photo of a view of the side road leading to the Las Plumas Club House with two children on the road and a man standing by the road. This view shows the side facing porch and steps. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas Club House P.G.E.". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0053 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Las Plumas (Calif.), Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power...
Description: A black and white photo of Las Plumas siding of the Western Pacific Railroad, at the Great Western Power Co. Las Plumas plant under construction directly across river. Also settlement of Las Plumas on hill above locomotive steam. The photo shows the railroad building and siding and the tower shown in other photos in the series, plus showing the settlement buildings on the hillside above. A short five car train is in front of the railroad building and it has a full head of steam....
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures--Power generation--Big Bend Powerhouse, Business...
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Description: Black and white photo looking at Las Plumas site from above with the railroad and river in the lower right side of photo. This is a side view of the railroad depot buildings. The photo clearly shows the main track, a siding, and a smaller siding just in front of the building. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0120 Digitized by  California...
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Las Plumas Power Plant,...
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Description: Photo of a letter written by James W. Marshall. dated September 15, 1853. (old card catalog notes: "Marshal letter is in the file of the County Clerk's office [Bill Talbitzer 7-19-62].) Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 5 x 7 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 1987-200 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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Description: Black and white photo of the same log crib-type structure as in #91-41-64 and 5 from the side showing how it is built on the hillside. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0065 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Las Plumas Power Plant, Las Plumas (Calif.),...
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Description: Black and white photo of a log crib-type structure filled with what looks like small flat rocks, with a wooden tower base behind it. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0063 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Las Plumas (Calif.), californiarevealed
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Description: Black and white photo of the same log crib-type structure as in #91-41-64, from the front angle with pipes (or some pipe device) attached to pull it. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0064 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Las Plumas (Calif.), californiarevealed
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Description: A black and white photo. A long view of Feather River and surrounding mountains. A railroad line is visible above the river bed. The railroad building and siding with support structures (same 91-41-6) are shown from a distance. Inscribed on the backside: "Looking at Las Plumas before construction. Road on right is road to future power plant." Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (2 7/8  x  5 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0011...
Topics: californialightandsound, Water--Water storage and transfer, californiarevealed
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Description: Black and white photo of a view looking down on the river with lots of metal barrels floating downstream and piling up among rocks, with some floating down stream. Inscribed on the backside: "Feather River Canyon". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0138 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Feather River Canyon (Calif.), californiarevealed
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Description: The Feather River flow is very low. The railroad bed is high on a hillside on the right. The large buildings at Island Bar are clearly visible in the middle ground. Inscribed on the backside: "Looking up river at Island Bar, W.P.R.R. on right". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Postcard (5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0044 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Transportation--Railroads--Western Pacific, Feather River Canyon (Calif.),...