Beckwith, CA Fire, Jul 1898
Nevada [sic] Town Swept by Fire.
Reno, Nev., July 30.-The town of Beckwith, Cal., having a population of about 500, and situated on the Sierra Valley Railroad, thirty-five miles north of here, has been almost wiped out by fire, which started in the station. Because of lack of water and fire-fighting apparatus, the flames spread rapidly, until every building in the town was destroyed, except a church, a schoolhouse, and two buildings burned were La Farrachino's Hotel, McNeil's store, the Masonic Hall, the livery stable, station, several small stores, and about fifteen dwelling houses. The loss is estimate at $40,000, partially insured.
The New York Times, New York, NY 31 Jul 1898