History of Oroville, California

In 1848 the world changed! Discovery of gold brought seekers from all walks of life, from all over the globe, to share in the promise of vast riches! The Feather River is the reason we are here today. It’s rich pockets of gold trail along its entire length. A small town with a river running through it.

When you visit Historic Downtown Oroville’s Riverfront District today you will find wonderful examples of California Gold Rush architecture. Many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hosting 25+ shops with quality merchandise & amazing customer service. We love our little historic downtown & are looking forward to your visit.

You’ll discover wonderful boutiques, shoe stores, bike shops, yoga studios, candy shops, salons, coffee shops, antique stores, gift shops, & more!

Inside the Downtown area, you’ll find 8 blocks of comfortable walking, with plenty of free public parking that leads you to over 50 shops and eateries.

Noteworthy Orovillians

Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi Native American Tribe.
Kevin Brown, professional baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers in the early 1990s.
Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason novels.