Discover the History of the Oroville Dam

New book uses vintage images to share the history of the Oroville Dam’s construction
The Building of the Oroville Dam
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Dec. 16, 2013 - PRLog -- Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series releases its newest pictorial history which highlights California’s Oroville Dam.  The Building of the Oroville Dam by local author Larry R. Matthews boasts 212 vintage images chronicling the creation of the largest earth-fill dam in the world and is set to release on January 20, 2014.

This pictorial history uses rare vintage images from private archives and collections, most of which have never been seen by the public, to share the history of the dam’s development which was a cornerstone of the California State Water Project.  The building of the Oroville Dam in the 1960s was marked with triumphs and tragedies. The success of the project increased jobs in the area, provided flood control, electric power, recreation and water to California residents. However, as author, Larry R. Matthews notes “sacrifices were made in the loss of historic areas and in lives during the construction.”

The Building of the Oroville Dam will outline the events of the construction and honor the legacy of the sacrifices made in its completion, specifically the death of 34 construction workers.  By preserving the history of the Oroville Dam and its affect on the surrounding area, the book allows readers to gain a better understanding of the area’s modern identity.

Highlights of The Building of the Oroville Dam include:

•A chapter dedicated to the historic sites inundated by Lake Oroville and the Thermalito Diversion Dam.
•Images of the burning of the town of Bidwell Bar.
•Information on the Oroville Dam Train Tunnel Collision.
•Governor Ronald Reagan’s 1968 dedication of the dam and Oroville’s celebration.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit
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