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A Bit Of History
As you venture into the Historic town of Oroville, you will notice the plush foothills and beautifully landscaped valleys. In 2003 Oroville celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the building of the Oroville Dam, which created 15,500 surface-acre Lake Oroville giving us water, electricity, flood control and an abundance of recreation.
Gabriel Moraga was the first known visitor to this area in 1808. As he ventured through the green valley and groves of oak trees he found an abundance of wild game, shy native Indians, and an un-named tree lined river which was later named in 1820 by Captain Luis Arguello as the "Rio de las Plumas," the River of Feathers.
In 1848 John Bidwell discovered gold on the Feather River. When the word got out 1,000's flocked to this area to seek their fortune.
In 1856 this quaint little town which was originally known as Ophir City, became a tent town almost overnight. With the new found popularity the town was given a new name of Oroville, Spanish for "City of Gold."
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C F Lot Home in Sank Park
A Victorian Gothic style home nestled in a beautiful garden of color.
The C.F. Lott Historic Home serves as a historic house museum and a cultural repository for decorative art objects typical of Oroville's pioneer families. The collection includes furniture, paintings, rugs, textiles, clothes, silver and glassware during the Lott family period 1949-1910.
Lake Oroville and Lime Saddle Marina
For those who enjoy the water, we are close to several beautiful spots to cool off for the summer, fishing, boating, water skiing, tubing and more! Lake Oroville is Northern California's premier recreation lake. With over 167 miles of shoreline, miles of trails, 15,000 surface acres of warm water, lake Oroville offers an outdoor adventures wonderland. Click here to view Lake Oroville web site.
Lake Oroville Visitor Center
The Lake Oroville Visitor Center provides a wealth of information about the area. The center has exhibitions which cover the history of the California water projects from the early Spanish-built dams to the dams of today, Maidu Indian culture, and local wildlife.
More than forty videos are available for viewing upon request. Brochures on all area attractions are available as well as maps of hiking and horse trails.
Be sure to climb the 47-foot high viewing tower for spectacular views of the lake, mountains, and valley.
Feather River Fish Hatchery & Nature Center
When Oroville Dam was built, several miles of spawning grounds were no longer available to salmon and steelhead trout returning to their home stream to spawn. To compensate for this loss, the Dept. of Fish & Game and Dept. of Water Resources opened this state-of-the art facility.
The water falls rushes 640 feet down the massive rocky cliff and plunges into the canyons and into the valley below. Feather Falls, the sixth highest waterfall in the U.S., is one of the most magnificent attractions in Butte County.
From Oroville, take Olive Highway east to Forbestown Road, then go north on Lumpkin Road. For the best view of the falls, plan a day hike into the area. The hike is 7 miles round trip with half-mile markers along the trail. The trail has several steep grades and a minimum of 4 hours is needed to complete the hike.
Historical Chinese Temple
The Chinese Temple located in Oroville is a historical monument.
Built in the spring of 1863, the Oroville Chinese Temple served as a place of worship for a community of 10,000 Chinese residents. Funds for the Temple and furnishings were provided by the Emperor and Empress of China and local Chinese labor built the structure. For more information Click Here
Huntington’s Sportsman’s Store
You may have seen wildlife museums that contain a nice variety of area wildlife, but Oroville is home to one with over 100 “trophies” from all over the world. Many photographs taken during the hunts are also displayed, and in the cases surrounding the museum room is an outstanding and unique collection of firearms.
Huntington’s also has cases filled with memorabilia from Oroville’s past: antique bottles and many Indian artifacts, including an exceptional collection of baskets. It’s easy to see why it’s called “Northern California’s Most Unique Sportsman’s Store!”
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