Murphys Market
by Judith Marvin

The history of the Murphys Market — also known as the Big Trees Hotel, Stephens Bros. Store, Red & White Store, Murphys Central Market, Stories in Stone, Tree House, and SNAC — is closely tied to three pioneer Murphys’ families: the Stephens and Hauselts, as well as the Riedels, who operated it as the Murphys General Store for many years.

Milton Stephens arrived in Calaveras County in the fall of 1850, settling first near Fourth Crossing and Lower Calaveritas. In 1858 he was married to Mary Melissa Thorpe, and between 1860 and 1884, eight children were born to the family.