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Originally named "Oro" in 1892 because of the surrounding gold mines and the gold panning and dredging (still going on) in the Similkameen River, the name was changed to "Oroville" in 1909. Gold gave way to Golden Delicious apples and now cherries, grapes, and other fruit irrigated by the abundant water supply found in this watered desert that receives under 12" of rain a year. Oroville is at the west end of the Okanogan Highlands, a region known for its rolling hills of forest and natural meadows. Oroville is at the east end of the Similkameen River which cuts its way into the Canadian Cascades for another 100 miles and flows into Okanogan river just south of town. The area embraces the historic towns of Nighthawk, Molson, and Chesaw. Oroville (Gold Town) is the closest incorporated town to the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine which in 2014 produced 123,382 ounces of gold. Surrounded by amazing geology with hills, mountains, rivers, forests, numerous lakes as well as fruit orchards of many kinds and trails; Oroville is a great place to experience the joys of nature. Public lands around Oroville greatly out number private lands, providing ample space for exploration and recreation. Three local wineries and one brewery in addition to farmers' markets and fruit stands provide visitors and residents with abundant local products..
Oroville Chamber of Commerce PO Box 2140 * Oroville, WA 98844 * 888-699-5959