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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 a Pelton Wheel. Machinery with a large "donut" looking wheel with "Pelton-Francis" on side of it, in raised lettering. 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 : 1991-041-0085 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 the Penstocks at Las Plumas Plant. Large mountainside with homes on one side and river below. What looks like a tram is on right side (going down the mountainside.) The cluster of more than a dozen buildings are all built on a steep hillside with tall stilt-like supporting posts on the downhill side. The penstock is on the right side of the photo. Inscribed on the backside: "Penstocks Las Plumas Plant, Great Western Power Co. Feb. 10, 1910";...
Topics: californialightandsound, Wildlife--Fish, Buildings and structures--Dams, Buildings and...
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Description: A black and white photo of PG and E intake. A body of water with a very steep hillside on the far side. On far left is a concrete looking pillar with a round balcony looking area on top (on the near side of the river). There is a fuzzy area in the photo which may be sprays of water coming down the hillside. Inscribed on the backside: "Intake PGE". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 x 6 3/8 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0008...
Topics: californialightandsound, Water--Water Transport, californiarevealed
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Description: Black and white photo of a piece of broken machinery, like a blown valve (unscaled). Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0092 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Las Plumas Power Plant, Las Plumas (Calif.),...
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Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 8 x 10 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 0000-000-1554 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings & Structures - Bridges - North Fork Bridge, Feather River...
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Description: Black and white photo of a hillside with parts of the mechanism of a huge pipe and a tall piece above it, with a building behind. Poles and rigging lines are above the pipe. 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 : 1991-041-0075 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures--Power generation--Las Plumas Powerhouse, Las...
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Description: Black and white photo of thrust pumps at Las Plumas Powerhouse. A huge piece of machinery in a concrete room. 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 : 1991-041-0073 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company, Las Plumas...