Main Street in Forest
|Elevation||4,489 ft (1,368 m)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1658559|
The town site of Forest is located at 4,489 feet (1,368 m) in elevation.
Gold was discovered here in 1852. The name of Brownsville was adopted by the name of the camp, named after one of the sailors who found that gold. By the next year, the population of Forest swelled to a thousand during the California Gold Rush. A vote was held in 1854 and the town's name was changed to "Forest City". The Bald Mountain drift mine was founded in Aug. 1864, and was the largest of its kind in the state at the time. The large fire of 1865 devastated the town, after which little was rebuilt.
- Former residents
- Downieville, California
- History of Sierra County, California
- California Gold Rush
- List of ghost towns in California
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