Looking west across the street you will
see the Murphy Building, and several businesses
to the right of it.
The Murphy Building was constructed in 1900 at
the hands of Rebecca Murphy, wife of Francis
Murphy, a notable evangelical preacher. The building
housed a meeting hall upstairs (San Juan Hall) and
businesses downstairs. At the time it was
built, the Fair Oaks business district was
along Main St., a quarter of a mile away. Two
years or so later most of the businesses
relocated west to Howard St. (now Fair Oaks Blvd).
In 1925, the building was totally remodeled and the
gingerbread facades were boarded over to create more
space inside. Yes, the two buildings below are
the same structure.
Return to Fair Oaks Blvd and turn south. Walk along
the street until you get to the clock, donated fairly
recently by the Fair Oaks Rotary.