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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 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: 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: A black and white photo postcard of a long low white building above a set of four large pipes on a very steep hillside. Above the main building other buildings are perched on the hillside. High voltage power poles are barely visible on left. Photo printed on postcard paper stock. Inscribed on the backside: "South Portal Las Plumas Penstock". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Postcard (5 1/2  x 4 1/2 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0010...
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures--Power generation--Las Plumas Powerhouse,...
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,...
Description: A black and white photo of a very large tower structure with wires attached across top. Men are working at the top. Inscribed on the backside: "Scene of Great Western Power Co. Las Plumas Plant under construction (Later named Big Bend Power Plant.)"; "Tram wagon left"; "486." Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 1/4 x 4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0027 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 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: Intake dam of Great Western Power Company. Inscribed on backside: "Intake dam Great Western Power Co". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 13/8 x 4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0023 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures--Power generation--Great Western Power Company,...
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Description: Black and white photo of another view view of the #2 Exciter Wheel, as in photos #67 and #68 and #69. A full view of a wheel in place with each pair of scoop blades aligned in pairs, in its entirety, standing on edge. 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 : 1991-041-0070 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 bridge (wood and steel) with a white tent in the background, a small sign that is half hidden by signed G. W. P Co. Some other part that is readable says: This bridge is...Do so at their...The bridge is composed of wood beams and trusses above a wood plank road bed. Background is a hill (or mountain). Inscribed on the backside: Great Western Power Co, Las Plumas area. Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 1/4  x  4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak...
Topics: californialightandsound, Water - Water Transport Business and Industry - Power - Great Western...
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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...
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 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...
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Description: Black and white photo of a full view view of the #2 Exciter Wheel, as in photos #67 and #68, showing it in its entirety, standing on edge. 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 : 1991-041-0069 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company, Business and...
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Description: A black and white photo looking upstream from Las Plumas. Island Bar is in the background, with the WPRR to right. Inscribed on the backside: "Great Western Power Plant Las Plumas under construction. Island Bar in background, near river, WPRR right"; "555". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 1/4 x 4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0026 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company, Island Bar...
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Description: Black and white photo of "#2 Exciter Wheel" with two ropes around it to hoist it. Interesting item is a red area (someone added later). Some of the blades appear to be damaged. 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 : 1991-041-0071 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company, Las Plumas...
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 of "#2 Exciter Wheel" (portion of) with other attached machinery. 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 : 1991-041-0072 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 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 Intake diversion dam and fish ladder, showing the side of a hill with structure of fish ladder and diversion dam spillway to the side. Some of the structure appears to be in disrepair. Inscribed on the backside: "Intake Diversion Dam and fish ladder, early 1930's". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 1/4 x 4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0030 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company,...
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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: A group of men in a "skip" loader which is hanging in the air from a large hook. Sky all around. A black and white photo postcard. Inscribed on the backside: "Plumas Co."; "Skip Load of men - Las Plumas PGG" [sic]. Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 1/2  x  4 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0005 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and Structures--Bridges, Business and industry--Power--Great...
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Description: A black and white photo of inside the Great Western Power House. Shown are two turbines, ladders, other items all over, and several men. There are second story balconies at top overlooking the room. Windows on the other side. A very large steel beam above with a large hook hanging down and a sign reading "50 top Niles Crane." Inscribed on the backside: "Inside G. W. Power House, Las Plumas"; "597". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (6 1/4 x 4 in.)...
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company,...
Description: Black and white photo of another view of the #2 Exciter Wheel. 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 : 1991-041-0068 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company, Las Plumas...
Description: A black and white photo of same view as 91-41-16 but wider. Taken from hillside above Feather River. This photo clearly shows the relationship of the Great Western Power Plant to the buildings at Island Bar and to the railroad on opposite bank of the Feather River. A white footbridge spans the river a little above water level. Inscribed on the backside: "Great Western Power Plant Las Plumas under construction. Island Bar in background, near river, WPRR right";...
Topics: californialightandsound, Business and industry--Power--Great Western Power Company, Las Plumas...