Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company recognizes and symbolizes its love for the history of the city it lives in. The mutual hook and ladder company, formed on February 5, 1850, was the first fire company in the state of california. It served with distinction until disbanded october 30, 1859.
The city caught afire November 4, 1852; nearly 85% of the city was destroyed in the fire. Sacramentans rebuilt the city with brick, rather than the fire-hazardous wood that was the medium for building then.
A second fire in 1854 destroyed twelve newly reconstructed downtown city blocks, including the city courthouse.