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  • Vista District, San Diego County, California – the California Cut Stone and Granite Company (Granite Quarry) (From Commercial 'Black Granite' of San Diego County, California, Special Report 3, by Richard A. Hoppin and L. A. Norman, Jr., State of California, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mines, San Francisco, December 1950.")
    No. 3 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Vista District of San Diego County, produced a black stone, trade name "Vista Black granite." First year of production was 1945, last year of production was 1947.
    • Vista, San Diego County, California – California Cut Stone (Granite) (Excerpt from "California Mineral Commodities in 1951," California State Division of Mines, California Journal of Mines and Geology, pp. Vol. 50, No. 1, January 1954, pp. 59-147. Used with permission, California Department of Conservation, California Geological Survey.)

      (Operator) California Cut Stone; (Address) Railroad Ave., at Magnolia, South San Francisco; (Location) Vista.

    • Vista, San Diego County, California – the California Cut Stone and Granite Company Quarry (Granite/dimension stone)  (from Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1963, pp. 262.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

      (Remarks and references)  “See Vista Black Granite quarry.”

  • Vista District, San Diego County, California – Emil Johnson and Sons (Granite Quarry) (From Commercial 'Black Granite' of San Diego County, California, Special Report 3, by Richard A. Hoppin and L. A. Norman, Jr., State of California, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mines, San Francisco, December 1950.")
    Figure 2. Boulder of black granite being worked in quarry. Emil Johnson and Sons quarry, Vista. Boulder of black granite being worked in quarry.
    Figure 9. Residual boulders in granular matrix. Emil Johnson and Sons quarry, Vista. Residual boulders in granular matrix.
    Figure 12. Partly weathered rock traversed by numerous fractures. Emil Johnson and Sons quarry, Vista. Partly weathered rock traversed by numerous fractures.
    • Vista District, San Diego County, California – Emil Johnson and Sons or Emil Johnson Brothers or Johnson Brothers Quarries (Granite)

      Also see: 

      Escondido, San Diego County, California – National Quarries (AKA Emil Johnson and Sons, Emil Johnson Brothers)  (Granite)” 

      Pala District, San Diego County, California – Emil Johnson and Sons (National Quarries)  (Granite Quarry) 

  • Vista District, San Diego County, California – Fellows and Clutter (Stone Quarry) (From Commercial 'Black Granite' of San Diego County, California, Special Report 3, by Richard A. Hoppin and L. A. Norman, Jr., State of California, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mines, San Francisco, December 1950.")

    No. 8 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Vista District of San Diego County, produced a black stone. First year of production was 1945, last year of production was 1946.

    • Vista (east of), San Diego County, California – the Fellows and Clutter Quarry (Granite/dimension stone)  (from Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1963, pp. 263.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

      (Map No.)*  422;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Fellows and Clutter quarry (Location)  N ½ NW ¼ sec. 22, T11S, R3W, SBM; 3 miles east of Vista, at the head of small north-northwest trending valley on the west side of the San Marcos Mts.;* (Owner name, address)  Undetermined (1957); (Geology)  Dark gray granitic rocks (San Marcos gabbro).  (*  You can find the location of this quarry on Plate 10 near the end of the book at the link above.  This map covers the Lakeside-Foster, the Escondido, and Vista areas of San Diego County.)

      (Remarks and references)  “Operated 1945-46.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:4, 7).” (To see the bibliography that lists the books cited in the previous sentence, see the “Annotated Bibliographies” section of Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, pp. 283-309.)

  • Vista (east-northeast of), San Diego County, California – the Galbraith Quarry (Granite/dimension stone)  (from Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1963, pp. 263.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

    (Map No.)*  423;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Galbraith quarry; (Location)  SW ¼ SW ¼ sec. 14, T11S, R3W, SBM; about 4 miles east-northeast of Vista, on the east side of the San Marcos Mts.;* (Owner name, address)  A. J. Galbraith, San Marcos (1958); (Geology)  Residual boulders of cark-gray granitic rocks (San Marcos gabbro).  (*  You can find the location of this quarry on Plate 10 near the end of the book at the link above.  This map covers the Lakeside-Foster, the Escondido, and Vista areas of San Diego County.)

    (Remarks and references)  “Very small quarry.  No record of production.  Probably long idle.”  (To see the bibliography that lists the books cited in the previous sentence, see the “Annotated Bibliographies” section of Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, pp. 283-309.)

  • Vista (east of), San Diego County, California – the Pete Matson Quarry (Granite) (aka Matson and Kouns, Matson and McDonald Quarry)  (from Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1963, pp. 264.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

    (Map No.)*  425;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  (Pete) Matson (Matson and Kouns, Matson and McDonald quarry); (Location)  Center W ½ W ½;* (Owner name, address)  Sheldon Merriam, San Marcos (1958); (Geology)  Dark gray granitic rocks (San Marcos gabbro).  Massive (ledge) rock or residual boulders 20 ft. in diameter in quarry face.  (*  You can find the location of this quarry on Plate 10 near the end of the book at the link above.  This map covers the Lakeside-Foster, the Escondido, and Vista areas of San Diego County.)

    (Remarks and references)  “Worked from 1938 to 1944 by Matson and McDonald; from 1944 to 1946 by Matson and Kouns; from 1946 to 1952 by National Quarries.  The first three operators listed marketed their product from this quarry as ‘California black granite.’  The deposit is developed by a semicircular quarry whose face is about 30 ft. high.  Idle in 1958.  (Hoppin and Norman 50: 4, 7, 11, 17).”  (To see the bibliography that lists the books cited in the previous sentence, see the “Annotated Bibliographies” section of Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, pp. 283-309.)

  • Vista (east of), San Diego County, California – the Merriam Quarry (Granite/dimension stone)  (from Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1963, pp. 264.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

    (Map No.)*  428;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Merriam quarry; (Location)  Center of the west edge of the SW ¼ sec. 23, T11S, R3W, SBM; about 4 miles east of Vista, at north end of Twin Oaks Valley;* (Owner name, address)  Sheldon Merriam, San Marcos (1958); (Geology)  Dark-gray granitic rocks (San Marcos gabbro).  (*  You can find the location of this quarry on Plate 10 near the end of the book at the link above.  This map covers the Lakeside-Foster, the Escondido, and Vista areas of San Diego County.)

    (Remarks and references)  “Small quarry leased for exploration by National Quarries as late as 1957.  That company stated in 1958 that residual boulders in deposit are too small for use.” (To see the bibliography that lists the books cited in the previous sentence, see the “Annotated Bibliographies” section of Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, pp. 283-309.)

  • Vista (northeast of), San Diego County, California – the National Blue Granite Quarry (Granite/dimension stone)  (from Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1963.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

    (pp. 260)

    Vista Area (Black Granite).  The 10 quarries in the Vista area are within 3 ½ to 4 miles east to northeast of Vista, on the southwest tip of the San Marcos Mountains, and in Gopher Canyon, on the northeast side of the mountains.  The material quarried is obtained from hard, residual boulders of San Marcos gabbro which is fine- to medium-grained and dark gray to dark bluish- gray (Photo 83).  Stone produced in the area is used for monuments, building, and surface plates.  It is marketed generally under such a name as ‘Vista Black Granite.’

    “The first quarry in the Vista area was opened by Pete Matson in 1938, and was worked by him and various partners until 1952.  Since 1938 nine other quarries have been opened, and in 1958 two of these were active:  one was the National Blue Granite quarry, being operated by the Pomona Granite Company; the other as the Vista Black Quarry, being operated by National Quarries (see description below).  Other operators in the area have been Fellows and Clutter (1945-46); California Cut Stone and Granite Company (1945 to 1947); and Texas Quarries (1944).”

    (pp. 265)

    (Map No.)*  430;  (Name of claim, mine, or group) National Blue Granite quarry; (Location)  Center of the N ½ SW ¼ sec. 10, T11S, R3W, SBM; about 4 miles northeast of Vista, in the South Fork of Gopher Canyon;* (Owner name, address)  Pomona Granite Co. (1958); (Geology)  Dark-gray granitic rocks (San Marcos gabbro) which comprise large residual boulders.  (*  You can find the location of this quarry on Plate 10 near the end of the book at the link above.  This map covers the Lakeside-Foster, the Escondido, and Vista areas of San Diego County.)

    (Remarks and references)  “Operated intermittently by Pomona Granite Co. (which see also) since 1943.  From 1946 to 1952, quarry also was worked by National Quarries which produced stone marketed as ‘National blue granite’.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:4, 7).”  (To see the bibliography that lists the books cited in the previous sentence, see the “Annotated Bibliographies” section of Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, pp. 283-309.)

  • Vista (northeast of), San Marcos District, San Diego County, California – the Pomona Granite Company (Granite) (From Commercial 'Black Granite' of San Diego County, California, Special Report 3, by Richard A. Hoppin and L. A. Norman, Jr., State of California, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mines, San Francisco, December 1950.")

    No. 16 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the San Marcos District of San Diego County, produced a black stone. First year of production was 1945, last year of production was 1945.

  • Vista (northeast of), San Diego County, California – the Pomona Granite Company Quarries (Granite/dimension stone)  (from Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1963.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

    (pp. 260)

    Vista Area (Black Granite).  The 10 quarries in the Vista area are within 3 ½ to 4 miles east to northeast of Vista, on the southwest tip of the San Marcos Mountains, and in Gopher Canyon, on the northeast side of the mountains.  The material quarried is obtained from hard, residual boulders of San Marcos gabbro which is fine- to medium-grained and dark gray to dark bluish- gray (Photo 83).  Stone produced in the area is used for monuments, building, and surface plates.  It is marketed generally under such a name as ‘Vista Black Granite.’

    “The first quarry in the Vista area was opened by Pete Matson in 1938, and was worked by him and various partners until 1952.  Since 1938 nine other quarries have been opened, and in 1958 two of these were active:  one was the National Blue Granite quarry, being operated by the Pomona Granite Company; the other as the Vista Black Quarry, being operated by National Quarries (see description below).  Other operators in the area have been Fellows and Clutter (1945-46); California Cut Stone and Granite Company (1945 to 1947); and Texas Quarries (1944).”

    “Photo 83.  Southwesternmost of four black granite quarries in Gopher Canyon, owned by Pomona Granite Company.  Deposit, now inactive, consists of residual boulders and weathered rock.”  (pp. 260) Southwesternmost of four black granite quarries in Gopher Canyon, owned by Pomona Granite Co., San Diego Co., CA
    (pp. 265)

    (Map No.)*  432;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Pomona Granite Co. quarries; (Location)  SW ¼ sec. 10, T11S, R3W, SBM; about 4 miles northeast of Vista, on the southwest side of the South Fork of Gopher Canyon;* (Owner name, address)  Pomona Granite Co., c/o E. H. Jones, P. O. Box 88, Pomona (1958); (Geology)  Dark gray granitic rocks (San Marcos gabbro) which comprise large residual boulders (see photograph in text).  (*  You can find the location of this quarry on Plate 10 near the end of the book at the link above.  This map covers the Lakeside-Foster, the Escondido, and Vista areas of San Diego County.)

    (Remarks and references)  “The company owns four quarries in the SW ¼ sec. 10.  Three of these (see accompanying map) are very small, inactive quarries clustered near the center of the S ¼ SW ¼ sec. 10.  These were operated sporadically from 1945 until mid(*?)-1950’s.  The fourth quarry, in the N ½ SW ¼ sec. 10, has been worked intermittently by the company since about 1943.  This is the National Blue Granite quarry, which see also.  Pomona markets its product as ‘Blue granite.’  (Hoppin and Norman 50:4, 7).”  (To see the bibliography that lists the books cited in the previous sentence, see the “Annotated Bibliographies” section of Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, pp. 283-309.)

  • Vista (east-northeast of), San Marcos District, San Diego County, California – Texas Quarries (Stone Quarry) (From Commercial 'Black Granite' of San Diego County, California, Special Report 3, by Richard A. Hoppin and L. A. Norman, Jr., State of California, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mines, San Francisco, December 1950.")

    No. 20 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the San Marcos District of San Diego County, produced a black stone. First year of production was 1944, last year of production was 1944.

    • Vista (east-northeast of), San Diego County, California – the Texas Quarries (Granite/dimension stone)  (from Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1963, pp. 266.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

      (Map No.)*  437;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Texas Quarries quarry; (Location)  Center 2 ½ NE ¼ sec. 15, T11S, R3W, SBM; about 4 miles east-northeast of Vista, in the South Fork of Gopher Canyon;* (Owner name, address)  Undetermined (1958); (Geology)  Dark-gray and bluish-gray gabbroic rocks (San Marcos gabbro).  Rock is finer-grained than “Vista black granite” which is produced by National Quarries from California Cut Stone and Granite Co. quarry.  (*  You can find the location of this quarry on Plate 10 near the end of the book at the link above.  This map covers the Lakeside-Foster, the Escondido, and Vista areas of San Diego County.)

      (Remarks and references)  “Deposit first worked in 1944 by Texas Quarries.  In mid-1958 National quarries had an option to lease the property.  This company reportedly would market stone produced here as ‘Imperial black granite.’  See also National Quarries, Inc. in text.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:4, 7).”  (To see the bibliography that lists the books cited in the previous sentence, see the “Annotated Bibliographies” section of Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, pp. 283-309.)

  • Vista (east of), San Diego County, California – the Vista Black Granite Quarry (Granite/dimension stone)  (from Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1963.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

    (pp. 260)

    “Vista Area (Black Granite).  The 10 quarries in the Vista area are within 3 ½ to 4 miles east to northeast of Vista, on the southwest tip of the San Marcos Mountains, and in Gopher Canyon, on the northeast side of the mountains.  The material quarried is obtained from hard, residual boulders of San Marcos gabbro which is fine- to medium-grained and dark gray to dark bluish- gray (Photo 83).  Stone produced in the area is used for monuments, building, and surface plates.  It is marketed generally under such a name as ‘Vista Black Granite.’

    “The first quarry in the Vista area was opened by Pete Matson in 1938, and was worked by him and various partners until 1952.  Since 1938 nine other quarries have been opened, and in 1958 two of these were active:  one was the National Blue Granite quarry, being operated by the Pomona Granite Company; the other as the Vista Black Quarry, being operated by National Quarries (see description below).  Other operators in the area have been Fellows and Clutter (1945-46); California Cut Stone and Granite Company (1945 to 1947); and Texas Quarries (1944).”

    (pp. 265)

    (Map No.)*  430;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  National Quarries (Emil Johnson Brothers); (Location)  Escondido region;* (Owner name, address)  (blank); (Geology)  (blank)  (*  You can find the location of this quarry on Plate 10 near the end of the book at the link above.  This map covers the Lakeside-Foster, the Escondido, and Vista areas of San Diego County.)

    (Remarks and references)  “See text.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:4, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15).”  (To see the bibliography that lists the books cited in the previous sentence, see the “Annotated Bibliographies” section of Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, pp. 283-309.)

    (pp. 267)

    (Map No.)*  440;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Vista Black Granite quarry; (Location)  Middle of the west side of SW ¼ sec. 22, T11S, R3W, SBM; about 3 miles due east of Vista, near the bottom of a small west-southwest trending canyon;* (Owner name, address)  National Quarries (Emil Johnson Brothers),  923 Park Hill Drive, Escondido (1958); (Geology)  Dark gray granitic rocks (San Marcos gabbro) which comprises large residual boulders.  (*  You can find the location of this quarry on Plate 10 near the end of the book at the link above.  This map covers the Lakeside-Foster, the Escondido, and Vista areas of San Diego County.)

    (Remarks and references)  “California Cut Stone and Granite Co. worked deposit from 1945 to 1947 and produced ‘Vista black granite.’  National quarries has worked it since 1954 and from it produces ‘Western black granite’ and ‘Vista black granite.’  Deposit developed by quarry 100 ft. deep, in which boulders are worked downward.  Boulders are first blasted then blocks are lifted upward with derrick boom.  Most of the unfinished blocks are sold to the California Wire Sawyer Corp. which makes surface plates from them at its plant near Foster.  Some material is sent to Los Angeles and to Pyramid Stone Co. in Escondido for manufacture of monument stone and surface plates.  See also National Quarries, and California Wire Sawyer Corporation.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:4, 7).”  (To see the bibliography that lists the books cited in the previous sentence, see the “Annotated Bibliographies” section of Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, pp. 283-309.)

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