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This bridge, located 28 miles northeast of Oroville, allows State Hwy 70 traffic to cross the Feather River. Directly below is another bridge for railroad traffic crossing the river.

UP 1510 pulls into Lousina Pacific's Oroville sawmill to pick up several loads. I don't know what job this was, but my understanding is that it was based out of Oroville, and worked the mills and other industries in the city. The LP plant closed down within a few years, and the Oroville Local job was abolished shortly after is my understanding. Now the SPI Mill and remaining customers in Oroville are worked thrice weekly by the Rocklin Rocket out of Roseville.

Shot at the annual Gold Rush Car Show where many automobiles occupied the streets of downtown Oroville.

On May 12, 2018 the streets of downtown Oroville, California were filled with scores of vintage automobiles at the annual Gold Rush Car Show. This is one of them.

Another wild California hot rod creation! Shot at Show ’n Shine Car Show held at Feather Falls Casino in Oroville.

Image shot at Show ’n Shine Car Show held at Feather Fall Casino in Oroville.

All of this rain makes me think of one place first….Table Mountain in Oroville. A good soaking is required to get the waterfalls up there going, and while prime time is in the spring when you have the strong greens and wildflowers, I am dying to get up there! This is a tighter comp of a post from LY. The image has been one of my most popular shots so far, and I have actually sold it a few times. My intentions for this trip were to shoot the Lupine with sunset behind, but I stumbled on this comp and everything lined up! Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think!

 

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This rod was on display at the Show ’n Shine Car Show at Feather Falls Casino in Oroville.

 

WP shop forces test BN C636 No. 4365 at Oroville, CA. 8/72

North Table Mountain

Phantom Falls or Coal Canyon Falls is a waterfall at Coal Canyon near Oroville, California, within the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. The waterfall is high and runs off the edge of Coal Canyon, in front of a grotto. A small pool at the bottom is home to a California newt subspecies, the Coastal Range newt. As a seasonal waterfall, Phantom Falls runs only during the rainy months, late autumn to early spring. It is named Phantom Falls because it disappears during the dry season.

This weeks 2nd SNS is this view of WP920-A leading a F7A-F7B-GP9-F7B-F7A lash on a freight at Oroville in August 1960. No photographer to credit, Chuck Schwesinger collection.

This is a closeup view of new marquee recently installed at State Theatre in downtown Oroville. It replicates the marquee originally installed when the theatre opened in 1928.

A little rainbow of color is at Oroville CA on the Western Pacific. Some BN power for an Inside Gateway Train including a couple exSPS Alcos and a BN F45. I miss 70's railroading. Ken Ardinger photo.

Shot at the annual Gold Rush Car Show where many vehicles occupied the streets of downtown Oroville.

The high water level of Lake Oroville is a welcome sight in Northern California. Last year, the water was barely visible from this vantage point. In this shot, an eastbound BNSF freight train crosses the West Branch Bridge near James, California. The train will quickly duck into a series of tunnels, allowing it to reach the intake of the Feather River Canyon. This bridge it utilized for rail and auto traffic as Highway 70 crosses right above the tracks.

 

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California’s Oroville Dam threatens floods, forcing nearly 200,000 people to evacuate under emergency order

 

Meanwhile, the water level behind the dam dropped, easing slightly the fears of a catastrophic spillway collapse. But with more rain expected later in the week, time was running short to fix the damage ahead of the storms.

news.nationalpost.com/news/world/californias-oroville-dam...

  

Created by ancient lava (basalt) flows, the approximately 3,300 acre North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is an elevated basalt mesa with beautiful vistas of spring wildflowers, waterfalls, lava outcrops, and a rare type of vernal pool, called Northern Basalt Flow Vernal Pools. Typically fissures in the basalt soak up winter rains, forming seasonal streams and waterfalls. In a few places, however, the underlying basalt is impermeable to water forming a temporary pool. Soon to dry up after rains end, only specialized plants and animals adapted to this habitat can survive over time.

Photo taken at car show in downtown Oroville.

This is a close-up view of the fiery color scheme on this car which was on display at the Show ’n Shine Car Show at Feather Falls Casino in Oroville.

This is one of the many vintage cars on display at the annual Gold Rush Car Show in downtown Oroville.

BN C636 4366 and company at WP's Oroville, CA facilities on Nov. 26, 1972. The C636 is to me, the most brutish looking diesel I encountered. Yes the DD's and U50's were big and I never saw the C855's, so these would be the beasts of their times in my book. I guess the new GE Tier 4 gevo's could be a newer substitute...but they're still gevo's and they don't sound anything like a C636.

This is one of the participants in the Annual California State Old Time Fiddlers Association Championships.

 

On this hazy morning the IG2OA works its way through several reverse curves and it looses elevation on its way into Oroville. This train was rerouted off Donner due to track work, and instead took the much longer ex-WP route across western Nevada and over the Sierras.

 

I'm looking forward to heading back out to the old WP tomorrow.

On May 12, 2018 the streets of downtown Oroville, California were filled with scores of vintage automobiles at the annual Gold Rush Car Show. This is one of them.

It is a good idea to pick an old house that has ALREADY been restored and upgraded!

The State Theatre (1928) in Oroville has had ongoing restoration efforts underway for many years. A large mural on the lobby wall has been hidden for decades under a cover of roughly 20 layers of paint. Through the efforts of a professional restoration artist in 2019 the beautiful mural has finally been revealed.

While having buffet breakfast at Feather Falls Casino in Oroville I suddenly remembered reading a recent article stating that a new modern marquee had been installed at the old (1928) State Theatre on Myers Street in downtown Oroville. I decided to have a look while I was in town. The impressive new marquee is a big improvement over the one it replaced.

This young lady was one of the participants in the Annual California State Old Time Fiddlers Association Championships.

The houseboats normally moored at Bidwell Bar and Loafer Creek Marinas have been moved to the main part of the lake. The HWY 162 suspension bridge has very little water flowing underneath.

 

Great set of before and now aerials at abcnews.go.com/US/photos/striking-photos-californias-dwin...

 

Table Mountain is having its own little superbloom right now, which ought to last longer than the ones in the desert. It's an odd place, a volcanic basalt plateau with views of the Central Valley, worth a bit of a drive.

 

April 2019. Spring may be late this year, I guess it was taking pains to look its best when it arrived!

On May 12, 2018 the streets of downtown Oroville, California were filled with scores of vintage automobiles at the annual Gold Rush Car Show. I was really impressed by the quality of the paint job on this Ford.

I recently attended a talk given at the Butte County Historical Society Museum in Oroville, California. I brought my camera in case I spotted any museum displays that I thought worthy of recording. Pictured here is an item that caught my attention.

 

Vintage Hamilton reed organ. These organs are often referred to as pump organs or parlor organs. For its age, it appears to be in very good condition.

The view from the across the river channel, just upstream of the spillway. The dam managers were releasing 100,000 cubic feet of water per second at this point, which was about three days after the evacuation of 180,000 along the Feather River because of fears that an emergency release structure adjacent to Oroville Dam was about to collapse.

Photo taken at car show in downtown Oroville.

Almonds, walnuts, and rice are the three major crops grown in this area of northern California. No doubt an individual associated with the rice industry was the owner of the truck on which this sign was posted.

 

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