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California is the most populous state of the United States. Located on the Pacific coast of North America, it is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. California is known for its pleasant climate and ethnically diverse population. The name California is most commonly believed derived from a storied paradise peopled by black Amazons and ruled by Queen Califia.

Oroville is the county seat of Butte County, California. The population was 13,004 inhabitants at the 2000 census. The geology of the Oroville area is fascinating. Oroville sits on the eastern rim of the Great Valley, defined today by the floodplains of the Sacramento River and its tributaries. 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 Oroville Dam, perhaps Oroville's most famous site, is one of the 20 largest dams in the world, the largest land filled dam in the US, and the tallest dam in the US. This dam is 770 feet tall and 6920 feet long, and it impounds Lake Oroville, which has a capacity of 4.3 square kilometers of water, making it the second largest reservoir in California. As of the census of 2000, there were 13,004 people, 4,881 households, and 2,948 families residing in the city. The population density was 409.9 per square kilometers.

Oroville is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in California worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of California.

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