Story from John Vonderlin
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It took a disaster, but Spanishtown made it into the Record-Union, Sacramento’s newspaper. This story was from the April 13th, 1894 issue. Enjoy. John
FIRE AT SPANISHTOWN.
A Block in the Center of the Place
Halfmoon Bay, April 12. —Fire broke
out yesterday afternoon in the Occidental
Hotel, destroyed that building, spread to
adjoining houses and consumed almost
the entire block in which the hotel was
located. The only buildings left standing
areÂ the feed mill and two dwellings be-
longing to the J. B. Dollof’s estate and
Charles Bowman’s small saloon building.
The burned block is right in the center
of Spanishtown and included a large por-
tion of the business part of town. The
loss is between $10,000 and $17,000. Had
the flames gained headway on the other
side of Main street 90 per cent of the town
would now be in ashes.