OROVILLE, Calif. -

Butte County held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning to mark the beginning of  the Hall of Records at 155 Nelson Ave. in Oroville.

The Hall of Records will provide a climate-controlled facility allowing Butte County to properly maintain its historical records and, therefore, its history. The facility will also provide the public with improved access to Butte County's historical records both in its physical location, as well as electronically.

The 35,637 square feet Hall of Records will include office and warehouse space. The facility will also house the Butte County Clerk-Recorder and Butte County Elections staff.
 

To highlight the important role of maintaining the County's historical records, and to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Hall of Records, officials from Butte County, the City of Oroville, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Butte County Historical Society filled a time capsule with current and past records related to Butte County and the Hall of Records. The time capsule will be placed in the Hall of Records and scheduled to be opened in 2054.

Among those addressing the crowd of approximately 100 onlookers were Butte County Supervisor Maureen Kirk, Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs and Oroville Mayor Linda Dalhmeier.
 
The County secured an $8 million 40-year loan with 3.5 percent
fixed interest from the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan Program for the design and construction of the Hall of Records.  It completion is expected in one year.