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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 scene of a pool in the Feather River with a sand bar, the railroad and a mountainside in the background, in the Feather River Canyon. Inscribed on the backside: Feather River Canyon est. 1905-1926. Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0117 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Geography--Rivers and streams--Feather River, Feather River (Calif.),...
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Description: Black and white photo from the back of the derailed locomotive with a good view of both the crane and the locomotive, as it is being rerailed. The locomotive and cars have fallen down a steep embankment. Inscribed on the backside: "Near MP 222 W.P.R.R. circa 1910-11, rerailing locomotive". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0129 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Transportation--Railroad--Disasters, Feather River Canyon (Calif.),...
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Description: View of an olive grove in Oroville, looking straight on. Inscribed on the backside: "Olive grove- Oroville". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0164 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Feather River Canyon (Calif.), californiarevealed
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Description: Black and white photo of the same as 91-41-130 (only from further back) in the area of three derailed box cars. Inscribed on the backside: "Near MP 222 W.P.R.R. circa 1910". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0131 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Feather River Canyon (Calif.), Transportation--Railroads--Western Pacific,...
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Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0133 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Feather River Canyon (Calif.), Buildings and Structures--Bridges,...
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Description: Black and white photo of three scenes of a bridge over the Feather River [Old Enterprise Bridge]. 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 : 1991-041-0132 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Feather River Canyon (Calif.), californiarevealed
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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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Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 8 x 10 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 0000-000-1561 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings & Structures - Bridges - Middle Fork Bridge, Feather River...
Description: Black and white photo of the derailed box cars off to the side of the rails and leaning against the rock cut. Three men are standing on front, two in white shirts and one in a panama hat. In the background are more men with something that may be another car (or part of one). It is partly covered from view by a telephone pole. This view shows the bent sections of track. The cars are labeled: D. [and] R. G. [Denver & Rio Grande]. Inscribed on the backside: Near MP 222 W.P.R.R....
Topics: californialightandsound, Transportation--Railroad--Disasters, Feather River Canyon (Calif.),...
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Description: Old and new bridges across West Branch of Feather River. Bill Talbitzer seated in the foreground. Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 8 x 10  in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 0000-000-0363 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and structures --Bridges--West Branch Bridge, Feather River...
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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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Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 5 x 7 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 0000-000-1548 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings & Structures - Bridges - West Branch Bridge, Feather River...
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Description: Black and white photo of another view of men working on the derailed train. The crane is more clearly visible in this photo. While the men work together with a long pole, a man in a suit and hat is sitting on the side hill cut, smoking a cigarette and watching them. Inscribed on the backside: "Near MP 222 W.P.R.R. circa 1910, rerailing locomotive tender and passenger baggage car". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak...
Topics: californialightandsound, Transportation--Railroad--Disasters, Feather River Canyon (Calif.),...
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Description: Black and white photo of an overview of the Feather River Canyon prior to 1927 showing the river and the railroad (or highway low on the hillside above the river). Inscribed on the backside: "Feather River Canyon prior to 1927". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0115 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Geography--Rivers and streams--Feather River,...
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Description: Inscribed on the backside: "This shows the Mill and compresor [sic] of the Carlisle Mine at the mouth of [Tornes] Ravine, on the South Fork Feather River. The mine or shaft is on the opposite side of the river from The Mill at the south end of the Big Bridge." Source :  1 Page of 1 : Postcard ( 3.5 x 4.5 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 1983-095EE Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Mines and mineral resources--Mines and mining, Feather River Canyon...
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Description: View of an olive grove in Oroville, looking down a row. Inscribed on the backside: "Olive grove - Oroville". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0165 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Feather River Canyon (Calif.), californiarevealed
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Description: Shows a bridge under construction, with men working on one end. Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0134 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Feather River Canyon (Calif.), californiarevealed
Description: Near the western entrance to the Feather River Canyon, California. Colored print Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 7 x 9 in. ) Collection Title : Talbitzer Collection Call Number : 0000-000-0798 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Feather River Canyon (Calif.), californiarevealed
Description: Scenic view of the Feather River canyon and the road or railroad bed winding above the river. Inscribed on the backside: "Pinecrest or Pieper Flat on top of hill above Las Plumas - North side of River (Feather)". Source :  1 Page of 1 : Photograph ( 5 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. ) Collection Title : James Moak Collection Call Number : 1991-041-0021 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topics: californialightandsound, Feather River Canyon (Calif.), Pieper Flat (Calif.), Pinecrest (Calif.),...
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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.),...