Martinez Historical Society

Cemetery Tour of Martinez


sturgisJosiah and Eliza Smith Sturgis

Josiah and Eliza Smith Sturgis were pioneers from Nantucket in the 1850's. He built and operated the Alhambra Hotel from 1855 to 1912. City Hall was built on this site in 1913. In the 1950's the city hall building was demolished and the space became parking lot #1. Recently, a creek realignment and plaza project displaced the parking lot.