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Fire destroys Forbestown in Butte County, California almost completely

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01/28/1860
Forbestown was a community of around a thousand people in Butte County, California when it was devastated by fire.  A wood frame house on the edge of town caught fire and the flames swept through the business district.  Only three brick buildings and the National Hotel survived.  Losses were estimated at around $30,000.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 68.

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