A Place in California Called Oregon

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Word of the fabulous January 1848 gold discovery spread via merchant ship around the Pacific Rim and by the autumn of 1848 gold-seekers from Oregon began to arrive. Scores of mining camps founded by Oregonians sprang up in the hill region north of modern Oroville, evidenced by the names of Oregon City and Oregon Gulch. Throughout the Feather River district the remains of crudely constructed fireplaces are the only evidence of once expansive pioneer habitation on the river bars, ridges and hills. Oregon City no longer has many inhabitants, but there are impressive restorations there. The 1877 schoolhouse became a community hall after 1922; sixty years later the Butte County Historical Society restored the building as a historical museum. [p41, Historic Spots in CA]


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