Martinez Historical Society

Walking Tour of Martinez

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801 Main Street

Built in 1927 to replace the old Hook building that dates to 1853. This new building housed the James Hotel and Coffee Shop along with various hookmoldbusinesses. A cigar factory was located on the Ferry Street side where the Hoffman family made widely known Blue Bird Cigars.

Martinez Historical Society Plaque #13 Reads:  Hook Building 1926 Built to replace building destroyed by fire in 1925.  Originally built in 1854 by Pioneer & Prominent Landowner William Hook.  Occupied by the James Hotel - James Bulger Proprietor until closed in 1979.