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  • Lakeside, San Diego County, California – the Eucalyptus Ranch 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.)

    (Remarks and references)  “See (W. E.) Meyer quarries.  (Tucker 25: 364-365; Tucker and Reed 39:pl. 1).” (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.)

  • Lakeside, San Diego County, California – Eucalyptus Ranch Granite Quarries (The following photographs were taken in late May 2012.  They are located in the present Eucalyptus Hills subdivision.  For more photographs of the quarries see the “Eucalyptus Hills Granite Quarries Photographic Tour” on our site.)
    Photograph of the remnants of one of granite quarries in the distance in the Eucalyptus Hills area, San Diego Co., CA Photograph of the remnants of one of granite quarries in the distance in the Eucalyptus Hills area, San Diego Co., CA One of the quarries in the Eucalyptus Hills area, San Diego Co., CA

    View of one of the granite quarries in the Eucalyptus Hills area in the Distance

    The quarry shown in the photo above is the same one as in the photo
    to the left.

    Photos are of one of the quarries in the Eucalyptus Hills area

  • Lakeside, San Diego County, California – the Eucalyptus Ranch Quarry (Granite)

    Also see:  the “Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – W. A. Meyer Granite Quarry (AKA Eucalyptus Ranch)” section of our web site.

  • Lakeside (northeast of), San Diego County, California – the Ireys Black Granite Deposit/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.)*  (blank);  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Ireys Black Granite deposit; (Location)  “2 miles northeast of Lakeside”.  (Tucker, 1925).;* (Owner name, address)  Undetermined (1958); (Geology)  Diorite 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 in 1920’s for an undetermined period by Arthur Greenleaf of Lakeside.  Small amount of material produced by 1925  (Tucker 25:365).”    (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.)

  • Lakeside (north of), San Diego County, California – Lakeside Lime and Marl Deposit (Limestone & Marl) (Excerpt from “Limestone in California,” by Clarence A. Logan, California Journal of Mines and Geology, Vol. 43, No. 3, July 1947, California Division of Mines, San Francisco, California, pp. 175-357. Used with permission, California Department of Conservation, California Geological Survey.)

    "Lakeside lime and marl deposit is on El Cajon Rancho, in the northeast corner of T. 15 S., R. 1 W., S.B., 3 miles north of Lakeside. The marl has a thickness of 2 to 4 feet, with a light overburden of soil. It has been used locally as soil corrective or fertilizer. According to a partial analysis quoted in past reports as having been made by the State Department of Agriculture, the CaCO3 content of the product sold was 83.7 percent.

    "On Otay Mesa near Otay, a marl similar to that north of Lakeside was reported. Otaylite (montmorillonite) has been worked here extensively and possibly this was mistaken for limestone years ago."

  • Lakeside (near), San Diego County, California – Andrew Lehnberg (Granite Quarry) (Diorite) (Excerpt from Report XIV of the State Mineralogist - Mines and Mineral Resources of Portions of California, Chapters of State Mineralogist's Report – Biennial Period 1913-1914, Part V. "The Counties of San Diego, Imperial," by Frederick J. H. Merrill, Ph.D., Field Assistant (field work in December, 1914), California State Mining Bureau, San Francisco, California, 1916, pp. 427-634.)

    "Andrew Lehnberg, of Foster, operates a quarry on El Cajon Grant, west of Foster, and about 600 yards south of the Simpson-Pirnie quarry. This is also biotite granite. He also operates a quarry of dark green rock near Lakeside, which Dr. A. S. Eakle has identified as diorite. This material is derived from boulders, no ledge having yet been opened."

    "Dr. A. S. Eakle's determination of (this rock) is as follows:…"

    "Lehnberg, Lakeside. Hornblende-diorite. A thin section shows plagioclase predominating and scattered plates of hornblende. A few rods of biotite occur. The rock has a sprinkling of magnetite with an occasional grain of pyrite."

    "San Diego Granite Works, corner Eleventh and M streets, San Diego, Fred Fickas, proprietor…It now uses stone from the Simpson-Pirnie quarry west of Foster and from Lehnberg's quarry near Lakeside (circa 1914)…."

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (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.")

    This quarry produced a gray stone. First year of production was 1913, last year of production was 1913.

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Cameron Deering (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. 4 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone, trade name "Lakeside Silver Gray granite." First year of production was 1945, last year of production was 1946.
    Figure 13. View into Cameron-Deering quarry, Lakeside. Distribution of the many fractures in the rock is such that uniform blocks are difficult to obtain. View into Cameron-Deering quarry, Lakeside.
    Figure 14. Perfect joint plane. Cameron-Deering quarry, Lakeside. Perfect joint plane. Cameron-Deering quarry, Lakeside.
    • Foster (west of), San Diego County, California – the Cameron-Deering Quarry (Simpson-Pirnie 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. 262.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

      (pp. 258-259)

      “Eight of the 12 quarries are near the site of Foster, which was the station at the north terminus of the San Diego and Cuyamaca Eastern Railroad.  The sites of the original quarries were selected mainly because of the proximity to the railroad.  The oldest known workings in the area were opened by the Waterman Granite Company in the very early 1900’s at a point about one mile west of Foster.  Two other quarries – one adjacent to, and the other about one-fourth mile west of the Waterman workings – were opened by the Simpson-Pirnie Company between 1906 and 1915 and worked by this company until 1932, then by Cameron-Deering in 1945 and 1946.  The larger of these quarries now is considered by local operators to be too deep to be worked profitably (see description under Cameron-Deering in accompanying tabulated list).”

      (pp. 262)

      (Map No.)*  418;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Cameron-Deering (Simpson-Pirnie) quarries; (Location) S ½ SE ¼ sec. 35, T14S, R1W, SBM; about 3 ½ miles north-northwest of Lakeside and 1 ¼ miles west of Foster;* (Owner name, address)  Undetermined (1958); (Geology)  Massive outcrops of light-gray granitic rocks with well developed fracture systems.  (* 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)  “Two adjacent quarries opened at an undetermined date before 1915 by Simpson-Pirnie Co., which see also, and worked by that company until about 1932.  Cameron and Deering (and Matson and Deering) operated the quarries from 1945 to 1946 and marketed their product as ‘Silver-gray granite’ and ‘Mission-gray granite.’  The larger and more important of the quarries is now considered by local operators as too deep to be worked profitably.  Quarries yielded large output of stone used for monuments and paving.  (Hoppin and Norman  50:4, 7, 11, 15, 16, 17; Merrill 14:672; Tucker: 25:366.”    (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.)

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Deering and McDonald (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. 11 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone, trade name "Mission Silver Gray granite."
    • Lakeside (northwest of), San Diego County, California – the Deering and McDonald 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.)

      (Remarks and references)  “See McKoon quarry.  (Hoppin and Norman, 50:7).”    (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.)

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – John Grant (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.")

    This quarry was located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County. First year of production was 1913, last year of production was 1915.

    • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – the John Grant 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.)

      (Remarks and references)  “Worked deposits in Grossmont, Santee, and Lakeside-Foster areas in 1910’s.  Produced gray stone.  See also Waterman Granite Co. quarry.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:7).”  (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.)

  • Lakeside (north of), San Diego County, California – the Lakeside Lime and Marl Deposit (Lime & Marl)  (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. 183.  (Used with permission)  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

    (Map No.)  299;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Lakeside (Lakeside Lime and Marl, Lime) deposit; (Location)  Secs. 1, 2, and 11, T15S, R1W, SBM (proj.); on the El Cajon grant, within 2 ½ miles north of Lakeside; (Owner name, address)  Undetermined (1957)  W. A. Meyer, Lakeside (1925); (Geology)  “Small patches of caliche-like material lie on a granitic surface.  The principal deposit, in the S ½ SE ¼ sec. 1, is exposed by several shallow benches which show clayey, greenish-white caliche (?).  An analysis of a sample by the State Dept. of Agriculture gave 83.7 percent calcium carbonate; the material was defined by that Dept. as ‘medium to high agriculture lime’ (Tucker, 1925, p. 373).  A second deposit, which is very white and as thick as 10 to 20 ft., caps the north side of a saddle between 2 small hills near the center of the NW ¼ NE ¼ sec. 11.”

    (Remarks and references)  “Patented land.  Undetermined amount of output in the mid-1920’s used as a soil conditioner by local farmers.  (Logan 47:302; Tucker 25:372-373; Tucker and Reed 39:45, pl. 1).”  (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.)

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Alvini I. Lodge (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. 11 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone, trade name "Mission Silver Gray granite." First year of production was 1945, last year of production was 1946.
    • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – the Alvin I. Lodge 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.)

      (Remarks and references)  “See McKoon quarry.  (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.)

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Pete Matson Quarries (Granite)

    Also see: 

    San Marcos District, San Diego County, California – Pete Matson Quarry (Matson & Kouns, Matson and McDonald)  (Granite Quarry)” 

    Vista (east of), San Diego County, California – the Pete Matson Quarry (Granite) (aka Matson and Kouns, Matson and McDonald Quarry)” 

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California –- Matson and Deering (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. 11 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone, trade name "Mission Silver granite." First year of production was 1932, last year of production was 1936.
    • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Matson and Deering (Granite Quarry Operated) (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. 4 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone, trade name "Mission Silver granite." First year of production was 1945, last year of production was 1946.

    • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Matson and Deering (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. 14 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone. First year of production was 1932, last year of production was 1936.

    • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – the Matson and Deering Quarry (Granite/dimension stone)  (from Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Diviion of Mines and Geology, 1963.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

      (pp. 258)

      “A single quarry about 3 ½ miles northwest of Lakeside was operated by several firms and individuals between 1924 and 1949 (?).  It was opened by McKoon and last operated by Matson Deering (see description in accompanying tabulated list under McKoon).” 

      (pp. 264)

      (Map No.)*  (blank);  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Matson and Deering; (Location)  Foster-Lakeside area;* (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)  “Matson and Deering operated in Foster-Lakeside area from 1932 to 1938 (McKoon and Meyer quarries) and 1945 to 1946 (Cameron and Deering quarry).  They produced ‘Mission silver-gray granite.’  See also McKoon and Meyer quarries.  (Hoppin and Norman 50: 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.)

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – the Matson and Kouns 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.)

    (Remarks and references)  “See Matson quarry.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:7).”    (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.)

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – the Matson and McDonald 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.)

    (Remarks and references)  “See Matson quarry.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:7).”    (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.)

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – McGilvray, Raymond Corporation (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. 12 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone. First year of production was 1921, last year of production was 1935.
  • Lakeside, San Diego County, California – John D. McGilvray Stone Co. & John D. McGilvray and Company

    For a good summary of John Duff McGilvray’s occupation as a stone contractor, his stone companies, and his family, visit Barbara Lewellen’s detailed and informative web site, “Our Scottish Ancestors.” The web site presents the history of her McGilvray family and the many men in her family who worked as stone masons and stone contractors in Scotland; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; and California, et al.  A lot of history and many wonderful photographs are presented on her web site.

    According to Lewellen’s web site, the McGilvray men first worked as “…stone masons, working in the quarries in the Tayside area near Dundee, Scotland.”  According to the “John Duff McGilvray & Marion Beaton” section of the web site, McGilvray family’s immigration from Scotland to Chicago, Illinois, circa 1870 is described.  In 1876 they moved on to Denver, Colorado, in 1876.  About 1892, John D. McGilvray moved his family to Palo Alto near San Francisco, California.
     

    Sections of the Lewellen’s web site that relate to John D. McGilvray’s stone businesses include:

    Another web site that provides some photos of the McGilvray Quarry is “McGilvray Quarry at Knowles,” presented by Ken Doig on the Madera County CAGenWeb Project web site:

    The McGilvray Quarry at Knowles, Raymond Granite Company 

    The following 1921 article published in San Francisco briefly describes John D. McGilvray’s early life and provides a full description of the history of his stone company and his goal to increase the use of California stone in building construction. 

    California’s Granites are Unsurpassed.  John D. McGilvray, Pioneer Stone Man, Develops Great Industry Here  “Company Builds Mausoleums for our Cemeteries:  Many of Finest Structures on Pacific Coast Erected by His Firm” (pdf), in the “Little Journeys to the Homes of Big Industries,” section of the San Francisco Chronicle, June 7, 1921, pp. 7. 

    “In 1897 he incorporated the McGilvray Stone Company for the purpose of popularizing the California product in building construction. Later in 1907, he reincorporated under the name of McGilvray-Raymond Granite Company, of which corporation he remained the head until his death in 1916.”  

    This article also states that John D. McGilvray was one of the main forces responsible for the increasing use of California stone in the state’s buildings:

    “This was the now promising stone industry.  Although a few experts and master stone men, like John D. McGilvray, founder of the great McGilvray-Raymond Granite Co., with a half dozen of the largest quarries in the country now in operation, knew of the wonderful possibilities of California stone on account of its superior qualities, yet it was not extensively used owing to ancient methods.

    “A few stone buildings had been created before this time, but the cost was almost prohibitive. McGilvray introduced modern methods of handling stone in building construction, which made it possible to use it in competition with other materials. By this means he constructed a market for California stone. He lived to see the day when his judgment was sustained by the almost universal acceptance of his opinion that California granite for qualities of durability and capacity to take a fine finish, whether hammered or polished, was unequaled anywhere in the world.”

    “After the great fire and earthquake of 1906 he had a clear demonstration of his contentions that California stone was the best building material for large buildings in the West….”  Some of the many stone buildings that John D. McGilvray’s company was involved in are listed in this article.  He’s famous for building the first “sky-scraper” in San Francisco for Claus Spreckels in 1898.

    After John D. McGilvray’s death in 1916, his sons continued operating the McGilvray-Raymond Granite Company:  John D. McGilvray, the eldest son, was president and general manager.  H. S. McGilvray was vice-president, and he was in charge of construction work in San Francisco.  A. B. McGilvray was treasurer, and he managed the “great granite quarry at Raymond” in Madera County.  W. S. McGilvray was in charge of the company’s operation in Los Angeles at 678 South Utah Street.  Malcolm McGilvray, the fifth son, was the assistant secretary for the company.

    The article goes on to describe the quarries that the McGilvray-Raymond Granite Company operated:

    The McGilvray sandstone quarry near Sites in Colusa County. 

    (If you’d like learn more about the history of this quarry and to view photographs of this quarry, you can visit the “Colusa County Quarry” section of our web site, and scroll down to the McGilvray quarry entries and photographs.)

    The Stanford / Goodrich (aka the Greystone) sandstone quarry at Greystone in Santa Clara County, California.  Sandstone from this quarry was used to build the outer quad of the Stanford University in Palo Alto.

    According to The Structural and Industrial Materials of California, Bulletin No. 38, published in 1906, the McGilvray Stone Company was located at Second and King Streets in San Francisco.  About 1916, McGilvray’s home office was located at 634 Townsend street in San Francisco, according to a 1916 California State Mining Bureau report.  McGilvray leased the quarry from from the heirs of Levi Goodrich.

    (If you’d like to view photographs of the Greystone quarry (aka the Stanford or Goodrich quarry), you can visit the “Santa Clara County Quarry” section of our web site, and scroll down to the Stanford/Greystone/Goodrich quarry entries and photographs.)

    The McGilvray granite quarry at Raymond/Knowles in Madera County, California. 

    (If you’d like to view photographs of the McGilvray granite quarry located at Raymond/Knowles area, you can visit the “Photo Tour of the Inactive McGilvray Quarry” section of our web site to view a photographic tour of the quarry and area.  If you wish to find historical information and photographs of the quarry, visit the “Madera County Quarries” section and scroll down to the McGilvray quarry entries.)

    The granite quarry at Lakeside in San Diego County, California.  (Granite from the Lakeside quarry in San Diego was sold as “Silver Gray” granite.)

    (You can visit the Lakeside-Foster area of the “San Diego County Quarry” section of our web site for information on the McGilvray granite quarry there.  We do not have much information yet or photographs of this quarry, but we hope to visit the area sometime this year.  Peggy B. Perazzo)

    The names of McGilvray’s of companies include: 

    In Denver:  the “John D. McGilvray and Company” & “John D. McGilvray and Company.”

    In California:  “McGilvray Stone Company,” McGilvray Stone Company; in 1907 he incorporated under the name of the McGilvray-Raymond Granite Co.

    • Lakeside-Foster (southwest of), San Diego County, California – the McGilvray, Raymond Corporation 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)

      “The Southern California Granite Company worked a quarry which is three-eighths of one mile west of the Waterman workings from 1919 to 1936.  Simpson-Pirnie opened two more side-by-side quarries about 1 ½ miles southwest of Foster, worked them briefly in the late 1910’s, then leased them to McGilvray, Raymond Corporation which worked them from 1921 to 1935.  Other operators near Foster were W. A. Meyer (1922-1930) and Andrew Lehnberg (1912? To 1915? Or 1920?).”

      (pp. 264)

      (Map No.)*  426;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  McGilvray, Raymond Corporation quarries; (Location)  SE ¼ NE ¼ sec. 2, T15S R2W, SBM (proj.); about 1 ½ miles southwest of Foster;* (Owner name, address)  Undetermined (1958); (Geology)  Fine-grained, light-gray granitic rocks which form resistant outcrops along the north side of an east-trending canyon.  (*  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)  “Two adjacent quarries opened by Simpson Pirnie Co., which see also, before 1920.  McGilvray, Raymond Corp. leased property and worked these quarries from 1921 to 1935.  This company finished stone on property and marketed it for use as monuments.  Quarries are about 500 ft. apart.  Each is a horizontal bench cut, more than 150 ft. long and about 25 ft. high.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:4, 7; Tucker 25:365-366; Tucker and Reed 39:pl. 1).”    (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.)

  • Lakeside, San Diego County, California – the McGilvray-Raymond Corporation Quarry – as it looks today (also operated by Simpson-Pirnie, W. A. Meyer, & Andrew Lehnberg in the past)  (The McGilvray-Raymond Corporation of San Francisco, California, leased and operated this quarry from 1921 through the early 1930s. The following photographs of the old McGilvray-Raymond Corporation Quarry were taken in late May 2012.  You can view more photographs on our web site at the: "McGilvray-Raymond Corporation Granite Quarry Photographic Tour".  Peggy B. Perazzo.)

    According to Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County, County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr. (1963), “...Simpson-Pirnie opened two more side-by-side quarries about 1 miles southwest of Foster, worked them briefly in the late 1910’s, then leased them to McGilvray, Raymond Corporation which worked them from 1921 to 1935. Other operators near Foster were W. A. Meyer (1922-1930) and Andrew Lehnberg (1912? To 1915? Or 1920?).”

    The old McGilvray-Raymond Corp. granite quarry located at Lakeside, San Diego Co., CA The old McGilvray-Raymond Corp. granite quarry located at Lakeside, San Diego Co., CA The old McGilvray-Raymond Corp. granite quarry located at Lakeside, San Diego Co., CA

    Walking towards the old McGilvray-Raymond Corp. granite quarry located at Lakeside,
    San Diego County

     

    Looking at the old McGilvray-Raymond Corp. granite quarry from across the valley

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – McKoon Granite Quarry (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. 11 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone, trade name "Silver Gray granite." First year of production was 1924, last year of production was 1929.
    • Lakeside (northwest of), San Diego County, California – the McKoon Quarry (Granite/dimension stone)  (aka Deering and McDonald; A. I. Lodge; Matson and Deering; & Mission Silver-Gray Granite Co. 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.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

      (pp. 258)

      “A single quarry about 3 ½ miles northwest of Lakeside was operated by several firms and individuals between 1924 and 1949 (?).  It was opened by McKoon and last operated by Matson Deering (see description in accompanying tabulated list under McKoon).” 

      (pp. 264)

      (Map No.)*  427;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  McKoon (Deering and McDonald, A.I. Lode, Matson and Deering; Mission Silver-Gray Granite Co.) quarry; (Location)  Near the center of the W ½ W ½ sec. 10, T15S, R1W, SBM (proj.); about 3 miles northwest of Lakeside;* (Owner name, address)  Undetermined (1958) A. I. Lodge (1949); (Geology)  Light-gray granitic rocks.  (*  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)  “Quarry operated between 1924 and 1949 (or later) as follows:  McKoon, 1924-29; Mission Silver-Gray Granite Co., 1929-32; Deering and McDonald, 1932-36; A. I. Lodge, 1945-46; Matson and Deering, 1948-1950 (?).  Idle since that date.  All operators after McKoon produced stone marketed as ‘Mission silver-gray granite’ which was used mainly for monuments.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:4, 7; Tucker 25:367; Tucker and Reed 39:43, pl. 1).”    (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.)

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Meyers Granite Quarry (W. A. Meyer) (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. 14 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone. First year of production was 1923, last year of production was 1930.
    • Foster (south-southwest of), San Diego County, California – the W. A. Meyer (Eucalyptus Ranch)  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. 264-265.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

      (Map No.)*  429a and 429b;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Meyer, W. A., (Eucalyptus Ranch) quarries; (Location)  Two quarries:  (1)  Meyer quarry:  center S ½ SW ¼ sec. 1, T15S, R1W, SBM (proj.); about 1 ½ miles south-southwest of Foster;  (2)  south edge SW ¼ sec. 2, T15S, R1W, SBM (proj.); about 2 miles southwest of Foster.* (Owner name, address)  Undetermined (1958)  W. A. Meyer, Lakeside (1925); (Geology)  (1)  Light-gray granitic rocks which occur as massive outcrops near rest of a small hill.  (2)  Pale bluish-gray granitic rocks.  (*  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)  “Meyer operated in the Foster area between 1922 and 1930, principally at quarry no. 1 (Meyer quarry) which had been worked first by Andrew Lehnberg before 1920.  From that quarry Meyer produced ‘Silver-gray granite’ for use as monuments.  Sawing and polishing equipment were on property during time of operation.  From 1932 to 1936, the quarry was worked by Matson and Deering.  It now contains a water tank.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:4, 7; Tucker 25:364-365.”    (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.)

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Mission Silver Gray 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. 11 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone, trade name "Mission Silver Gray granite." First year of production was 1929, last year of production was 1932.
    • Lakeside (northwest), San Diego County, California – the Mission Silver-Gray 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. 265.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

      (Remarks and references)  “See McKoon quarry.”    (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.)

  • Lakeside, San Diego County, California – the San Vicente Dam Quarry – This is one of the stops on the San Diego County granite quarry tour that Jeff McGreevy took my husband Pat and me on that covered the Santee/Lakeside/Grossmont, et al. areas. Jeff is a member of the Santee Historical Society and the San Diego Gem and Mineral Society. (You can reach Jeff via his email located above if you’d like to contact him directly.)  According to Jeff, the granite from the quarry shown in the photos below and on the San Vicente Dam Quarry Photographic tour, was used in the construction of the San Vicente Dam.  You can read more about the construction of the San Vicente Dam and view some photographs in the “San Vicente Dam & Quarry” section of Wikipedia.
    San Vicente Dam Quarry Area, Lakeside, San Diego, CA San Vicente Dam & Quarry Area, Lakeside, San Diego, CA

    San Vicente Dam Quarry Area

    San Vicente Dam center-right in the photo above

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Simpson-Pirnee 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. 12 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone. First year of production was (?), last year of production was 1932.
  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Southern California 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. 18 on "Figure 1. Index map of San Diego County granite quarries," located in the Lakeside-Foster District of San Diego County, produced a gray stone, trade name "Silver Gray granite." First year of production was 1919, last year of production was 1936.
    • Lakeside (north-northwest of), San Diego County, California – the Southern California Granite Co. (Rossi) 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)

      The Southern California Granite Company worked a quarry which is three-eighths of one mile west of the Waterman workings from 1919 to 1936.  Simpson-Pirnie opened two more side-by-side quarries about 1 ½ miles southwest of Foster, worked them briefly in the late 1910’s, then leased them to McGilvray, Raymond Corporation which worked them from 1921 to 1935.  Other operators near Foster were W. A. Meyer (1922-1930) and Andrew Lehnberg (1912? To 1915? Or 1920?).”

      (pp. 266)

      (Map No.)*  435;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Southern California Granite Co. (Rossi) quarry; (Location)  Near the center of the S ½ SW ¼ SE ¼ sec. 35, T14S, R1W, SBM; about 3 ¾ miles north-northwest of Lakeside;* (Owner name, address)  Southern California Granite Co., 3845 Imperial, San Diego (1958); (Geology)  Massive, light-gray granitic rocks with well developed fracture system.  (*  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 by Southern California Granite Company (Dan F. Rossi, owner) from 1919 to 1936.  Produced stone marketed as ‘Silver-gray granite’ which was used for monuments.  Since 1936 company has finished stone purchased rough from other operators in San Diego County and in Georgia.  Company also explored deposits to west of main quarry, for about 3/10 of a mile to a point near the center of the south edge of the SW ¼ sec. 35.  (Hoppin and Norman 50:4, 7; Tucker 2:367; Tucker and Reed 39:43-44. Pl. 1).”    (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.)

  • Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Southern California Granite Company Quarry (Granite) 

    Also see:  “Lakeside-Foster District, San Diego County, California – Southern California Granite Company Quarry (Granite)

  • Lakeside (north-northwest of), San Diego County, California – the Waterman 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.  (This book is available on the Internet Archive – Texts.)

    (pp. 258-259)

    “Eight of the 12 quarries are near the site of Foster, which was the station at the north terminus of the San Diego and Cuyamaca Eastern Railroad.  The sites of the original quarries were selected mainly because of the proximity to the railroad.  The oldest known workings in the area were opened by the Waterman Granite Company in the very early 1900’s at a point about one mile west of Foster.  Two other quarries – one adjacent to, and the other about one-fourth mile west of the Waterman workings – were opened by the Simpson-Pirnie Company between 1906 and 1915 and worked by this company until 1932, then by Cameron-Deering in 1945 and 1946.  The larger of these quarries now is considered by local operators to be too deep to be worked profitably (see description under Cameron-Deering in accompanying tabulated list).”

    (pp. 267)

    (Map No.)*  441;  (Name of claim, mine, or group)  Waterman Granite Co. quarry; (Location)  Probable location:  SE corner sec. 35 and SW corner sec. 36, T14S, R1W, SBM; and NW corner sec. 1, T15S, R1W, SBM (proj.); about 3 ¾ miles north-northwest of Lakeside;* (Owner name, address)  Undetermined (1958); (Geology)  Massive, light-gray granitic rocks.  (*  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)  “Workings comprise small cuts on slope above and to southwest of State Highway 67.  Opened in 1894 for stone used in construction of jetty near Point Loma, at entrance to San Diego Harbor.  Worked during 1903-04 by Waterman Granite Co. for stone used in construction of ‘four government buildings on Point Loma’ (Aubury, 1906).  Operated in mid-1910’s by James and John Grant of Foster.  (Aubury 06:53; Crawford 96:23; Hoppin and Norman 50:6, 7; Merrill 14:672-673).”    (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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