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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: A black and white photo of The "Club House" at Las Plumas, with driveway in front. Lots of trees and top of hill (mountain) in background. The building is like a large home with concrete steps flanked by low walks, to a wide porch under the main roof. There appears to be rolled awnings above three porch sections divided by porch roof supports. Inscribed on backside: "Club House - Las Plumas" and "Fishback Foto Finishing Las Plumas, Calif." Source :  1...
Topics: californialightandsound, Company Clubs and Associations--Las Plumas Social Club, Sports and...
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Description: The beginning of Oroville Dam. Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 8 x 10 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 0000-000-1464 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures--Dams--Oroville Dam, californiarevealed
Description: Inscribed on the backside: "This gives The Gold Bank Hoist and Residence at the old Gold Bank Mine near Forbestown. The Hoist building is over the shaft 2,000 feet high. The Mine is laying idle. Jan. 1918". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Postcard  ( 3.5 x 5.5 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 1983-095DD Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures--Residences, Gold mines and mining--California,...
Description: The Great Western Power Co. (Las Plumas) power house with the Feather River in foreground and a mountainside in the background. The penstocks come directly down the center of the image. Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas"; inscribed on the front: "G. W. Power Co. copyright 1909, By the Train." Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 7/8  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0098 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures--Power generation--Las Plumas Powerhouse, Las...
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Description: Thermalito Diversion Dam, January 1965 Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 5 x 7 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 0000-000-1448 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures--Dams--Thermalito Diversion Dam,...
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Description: Black and white photo of thrust pumps, probably in a different location, with another type of valve next to the pump. 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 : 1991-041-0074 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 a huge pipe with five smaller ones coming out of it. Probably the top of the penstock. 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 : 1991-041-0076 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company, Las Plumas...
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Description: Black and white photo at same location as #91-41-121 - only clearer and the train is shorter and carries freight. Also, there are many more buildings on the hillside above the railroad. 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 : 1991-041-0123 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Transportation--Railroads--Western Pacific, Las Plumas (Calif.),...
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Description: Sign on building across street: Paul L. Roberts groceries, hardware, notions. Inside Chico Soda works. Red Crown Gasoline. Please have exact fee ready. On side of car: Sacramento Northern Railway. Old photo file card reads: "Snapshot old street car Chico-Vecino run with Motorman Oral Sweem". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 3 x 4.5 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 1983-095II Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and Industry--Beverages, Bottling--Chico Soda Works,...
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Description: Black and white photo of much the same view as 91-41-60, but without a bright light at the back of the tunnel. 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 : 1991-041-0061 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Building and structures--Residences, Las Plumas (Calif.),...
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Description: Black and white photo of a tunnel with with a bright light at the end and two pipes going through 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 : 1991-041-0060 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Building and structures--Residences, Las Plumas (Calif.),...
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Description: A close-up of another view of # 4 turbin. 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 : 1991-041-0079 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Las Plumas (Calif.), californiarevealed
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Description: Black and white photo of turbin # 4 at the Las Plumas Powerhouse - a wheel shaped structure with blades. 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 : 1991-041-0077 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Las Plumas (Calif.), Buildings and structures--Power generation--Great...
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Description: Another view of "Turbin # 4" with one rim unfastened. 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 : 1991-041-0080 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Las Plumas (Calif.), Business and industry--Power--Las Plumas Power Plant,...