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Sweetwater Dam & Quarry
Photographic Tour

San Diego County, California

The following photographs were taken in late May 2012.  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 the 1916 Report XIV of the State Mineralogist - Mines and Mineral Resources of Portions of California, Chapters of State Mineralogist's Report - Biennial Period 1913-1914, “...This company produces crushed stone for concrete. The quarry opened in 1887 for Sweetwater Dam, is west of the dam on the south side of the valley. The property consists of 15 acres held in fee, a portion of the Rancho La Nacion. Gates and Simons Dise crushers are operated (circa 1914) by electric power. Daily capacity of plant 400 tons. The annual production of crushed stone is about 49,000 tons. Of riprap and jetty stone 21,000 tons.” You can learn more about the Sweetwater Dam Quarry on our web site in the San Diego County quarry section, and the “Sweetwater Dam” section on Wikipedia.

Several of these photographs are similar, but I want you to be able to try and view the dam and quarry as we did when we visited it. So, to show as much detail as possible, I’ve included all of the photos of the dam area that I took that day. Peggy B. Perazzo

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The Sweetwater Dam and granite quarry in the distance

 

These photos were taken while walking down the road towards the dam and quarry. You can see the dam in the distance left of center.

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The granite quarry is located to the right of the Sweetwater Dam

 

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Sweetwater Dam in the distance

 

 

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Sweetwater Dam granite quarry. This quarry produced granite that was used in the construction of the Sweetwater Dam

 

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