Oroville, CA 95965 & 95966
Oroville is the county seat of Butte County. The population was 15,506 at the 2010 census, up from 13,004 at the 2000 census. The metropolitan area population is about 48,000. Oroville is situated on the banks of the Feather River where it flows out of the Sierra Nevada onto the flat floor of the California Central Valley. It was established as the head of navigation on the Feather River to supply gold miners during the California Gold Rush. The town was originally called Ophir City; the name was changed to Oroville when the first post office opened in 1854. Gold was found at Bidwell Bar, one of the first gold mining sites in California, this brought thousands of prospectors to the Oroville area seeking riches. Now under the enormous Lake Oroville, Bidwell Bar is memorialized by the Bidwell Bar Bridge, an original remnant from the area and the first suspension bridge in California (California Historical Landmark, CHL #314).
In the early 20th century the Western Pacific Railroad completed construction of the all-weather Feather River Canyon route through the Sierra Nevada mountains. In 1983, this became a part of the Union Pacific Railroad. A major highway, State Route 70, roughly parallels the railroad line through the canyon.
The Chinese Temple (CHL #770) is another monument to Oroville's storied past. Chinese laborers from the pioneer era established the Temple as a place of worship for followers of Chinese Popular Religion and the three major Chinese religions: Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The Chinese Temple and Garden, as it is now called, has an extensive collection of artifacts and a serene garden to enjoy.
Ishi, Oroville's most famous resident, was the last of the Yahi Indians and is considered the last "Stone Age" Indian to come out of the wilderness and into western civilization. When he appeared in Oroville in 1911, he was immediately thrust into the national spotlight. The Visitor's Center at Lake Oroville has a thorough exhibit.
The zip codes for this area are 95965 and 95966.