Friday, June 22, 2007

California Historical Landmark #267

Murphys Hotel
California State Historical Landmark #267

National Register of Historic Places #1971000134

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This landmark is located at 457 Main Street in Murphys, California in Calaveras County. There are 40 other California State Historical Landmarks in Calaveras County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 08.265 W 120° 27.900.

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James L. Sperry and John Perry opened the Sperry and Perry Hotel August 20, 1856. In 1881 Henry Atwood and then Harvey Blood owned it. In 1882, the Mitchler Family renamed it the Mitchler Hotel. In 1945, the McKimins' changed it name to Murphys Hotel. In 1963, a College of the Pacific group purchased it. On of the oldest opearting hotels in California.

This hostelry orginally built in 1855 by J.L Sperry of Sperry Flour Fame and his partner John Perry. Among the early quests whose names appear on the old register are Mark Twain, Horatio Alger, Thomas H. Lipton, Henry Ward Beecher, the Rothchilds, General U.S. Grant and C.E. Bolton (Black Bart). The quaint old hotel, according to tradition, is the one referred to in Bret Harte's "A Night in Wingdam." Murphy's Camp founded in early 49 by John and Daniel Murphy Brothers. Millions of gold taken from camp and vicinity.

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