Tuesday morning, February 27, 1877. a very disastrous fire occurred in Sutter Creek and for a time it seemed as though half the business section of town was doomed to destruction.
The miner's boarding house conducted by Mrs. Hurley was completely destroyed, the inmates had barely time to escape with the few articles of clothing they could hurriedly put on. The flames spread to the adjoining building occupied by James Byrnes as a saloon and to the J. Hubball building.
The lower story of which is occupied by Callaway and Nickerson as a general hardware store. The upper story is occupied by the owner J. Hubbel as his dwelling. These buildings were both brick and the roofs were entirely demolished and the interior gutted. There was scarcely a breath of wind at the time and to this and also the presence of of a good supply of water is due the confining of the conflagration within comparatively narrow limits.
Sutter Creek in Ashes The Heart of the Town Swept by Flames - Three Business Blocks Obliterated.
This lithograph depicting the Sutter Creek fire in 1877
Information, photographs courtesy of the Amador County Archives, The Historical Marker Database, and the Chronicling America Database