Forest City was established in 1852 and within two years had a population of over 1,000. The exceedingly rich and easily accessible claims continued to pay until the 1860s when much of the gold was worked out of the gravel deposits. Like most ea
rly settlements, fires ravaged the town during its early years, but there are still many historic buildings and sites to see.
The tiny town of Forest City is its own museum. Most buildings date from the 1800s. Old buildings are being renovated on an ongoing basis. Tours of the museum can be arranged. There is a self-guided walking tour brochure available that detail the town’s history and sites. Pick up your copy at the mail box in front of the Forest City Dance Hall. Read more about the town the Forest City Historical Association's blog.