Did You Know?
Although Drytown is home to fewer than 200 people today, at its peak as a mining town it boasted a population of 10,000. The fire of 1857 was the end of Drytown as a mining town. The gold was already showing signs of being played out and when the fire destroyed most of the town, it never recovered. The buildings were not rebuilt as most packed up their belongings and headed for richer diggings.