by Karen Dustman

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July 11, 2013
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Markleeville as it was before the fire of 1885

Like many pioneer towns, Markleeville faced its share of fires. The worst conflagration of all struck on Aug. 2, 1885, when flames swept down Main Street. Among the businesses turned to ashes were John Weis’s store with $4,000 in contents; Henry Morrison’s saloon and its expensive billiard table; and Harvey and Rask’s butcher shop. Dozens of homes, stores and outbuildings vanished in the flames, and losses topped $11,000 – all of it uninsured. The citizens of Markleeville were quick to rebuild. But just how Main Street looked before the fire was lost forever — or so we thought. Over the …

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