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Notes on the Geography of The Western United States: Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Downieville: Photo 19

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And here's downtown's Craycroft Building, built after an 1852 fire that leveled the whole town. Sierra County was carved out of Yuba County in that same year, however, and Downieville immediately became the county seat. The Craycroft Building has served as courthouse, Masonic lodge, newspaper office, restaurant, and jail. The town's gold-producing history was short, however, and by 1860 many of the miners had left for Virginia City. Notice the bridge at the far right.

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