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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 cave or rough tunnel with water and two "flow valves" in front of a half wall of concrete blocks (that also go down the "river" portion on the left). Inscribed on the backside: "Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 3/4 x 4 3/4  in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0059 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company, Las Plumas...
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Description: A black and white photo of a long distance snapshot of the power house with all the pipes (penstock) coming down the side of the mountain. The Feather River is at the bottom of photo, with a large area of foamy white spray below the powerhouse. Inscribed on the backside: "Great Western Power Co., Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0041 Digitized by  California Revealed .
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Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company, Business and...
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Description: Scene of a train derailment. A railroad car is off the track and a dozen men standing on or by the track, and a crane behind the railroad car seems to be in the process of lifting it or pulling it. A young man holding a pick-mat-lock is clearly visible on the right and is looking solemnly at the camera. His hat is shiny as if it had been raining. (See info written on photo #1991-41-128.) Inscribed on the backside: "Feather River Canyon." Source :  1 Page of 1 :...
Topics: californialightandsound, Geography--Valleys, Transportation--Railroads--Western Pacific, Las Plumas...
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Description: Sepia photo of the south portal of the Great Western Power Co. A long distance shot with building in center and floodways below. A huge pipe is going up the hill, and another building with a crane-like structure higher on the hill, to the right. Printed on post card stock. Inscribed on the backside: "South Portal G. W. Power Co. Las Plumas". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (5 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0045...
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures--Power generation--Great Western Power Company,...