Forbestown, CA Fire, Jan 1860
Jan 28, 1860
DESTRUCTION OF A CALIFORNIA TOWN BY FIRE.----This day Forbestown, Butte county, was entirely destroyed by fire. The loss is about $30,000. The fire originated in a frame house situated at the upper end of the town. The whole roof of the building was on fire in a very few minutes after it had been kindled; and soon the whole town, with the exception of three fire-proof brick buildings and the National Hotel, was in ashes. Among the brick buildings saved, together with its contents, is that of the Gaskill Brothers, merchants. Forbestown was the oldest standing town in the State. It was founded early in 1850, and had never before been the scene of a fire.
Vincent's Semi-annual United States Register, Jan-Jun 1860 page 68