The Oroville Dam Opens (1968)

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KPIX News report by Pat O'Brien from May 4th 1968 featuring the official opening of the Oroville Dam on the Feather River, in Butte County, CA. Includes many views of the dam with a voice-over from O'Brien, who explains that it is: "The highest earth filled dam in the world." The town of Oroville is shown preparing to celebrate the opening and thre is an interview with Mayor Conrad Weisker, who emphasizes that in 1955 the town was actually 8-10 ft. underwater when the Feather River flooded and this dam will provide a measure of flood control: "I think it will be the happiest day of my life tomorrow, when we have that dedication." Also includes scenes from the dedication ceremony and parts of a speech from Governor Ronald Reagan, who states: "We are here to dedicate ... more than a dam and a lake. We're here to dedicate what is in truth a memorial to the vision, the dedication and the hard work of many, many Californians ... Here before you is Lake Oroville." We'd like to thank the staff of Oroville Branch Library for positively identifying Mayor Weisker for the record. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

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local newsfilm
16mm b&w silent/magentic sound film
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KPIX 35355

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