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View of a steam shovel cutting through the rocky embankment at Oroville in 1906. Published: Gandydancers, pg 46. Donor/Source: Butte County Historical Society-Loan #442. A belching, bellowing steam shovel cut through the rocky embankment at Oroville to provide a passage for the rails of the Western Pacific Railroad. This picture was taken in 1906 at point where Bridge Street crosses the railroad tracks.