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Simpson-Pirnie Granite Company Quarry
Photographic Tour

Santee, San Diego County, California

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The photographs in this section 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 Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego County (County Report 3, by F. Harold Weber, Jr., Geologist, California Division of Mines and Geology, 1963):

“(The Simpson-Pirnee) Company operated in San Diego Co. from 1888 to 1932.  The company produced rip rap and rubble from 1888 to early 1900’s, paving blocks from about 1890(?) to the mid-1920’s and monument and building stone during the period from at least as early as 188… to 1932.  Stone quarried was transported by San Diego, Cuyamaca and Eastern Railroad to company finishing works in San Diego.  Santee quarry...probably was operated continuously from 1888 to 1932....”

You can read more about the Simpson-Pirnee granite quarry history and view photographs of the old quarry in the “Santee, San Diego County, California – the Simpson-Pirnie Granite Company (Granite)” quarry section of our web site.

Today the old Simpson-Pirnee granite quarry site at Santee starts at Cameron’s Mobile Home Park at one end stretching across the valley to the shopping center located Woodside Avenue, just west of North Magnolia. Peggy B. Perazzo

Looking towards Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the location of the Simpson-Pirnee granite quarry, Santee, CA Looking towards Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the location of the Simpson-Pirnee granite quarry, Santee, CA

View of a part of what was once the Simpson-Pirnie Granite Quarry, on which the Cameron’s Mobile Home Park. (The mobile home park is located on North Magnolia.)

Cameron’s Mobile Home Park in the distance in viewed from a distant part of the old Simpson-Pirnee granite quarry. This photo was taken in the shopping center at Woodside Avenue just west of North Magnolia.

 
Wall of stone in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA Wall of stone in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA Wall of stone in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA

 

Three views of one of the walls of granite of the past Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, now Cameron’s Mobile Home Park

 

Wall of stone in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA Looking from Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once part of Siimpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA

 

View of the rock hills from Cameron's Mobile Home Park.

 
Wall of stone in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA Wall of stone in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA Granite in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA

 

Three views of a piece of granite in what was once one of the walls of the Simpson-Pirnie Granite Quarry

 

Granite in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA Granite in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA Granite in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA

A closeup view of the granite in the wall in the photographs above

 

The photo above and to the left are closeups of the granite in the wall of what was once the Simpson-Pirnie Granite Quarry

Wall of stone in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA Wall of stone in Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once the Simpson-Pirnie granite quarry, Santee, CA

Wall of granite in what was once the Simpson-Pirnie Granite Quarry

Closeup photo of the wall of granite shown to the left

 
Granite in the hills looking from Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once a part of Simpson-Pirnee granite quarry, Santee, CA Granite in the hills looking from Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once a part of Simpson-Pirnee granite quarry, Santee, CA Granite in the hills looking from Cameron's Mobile Home Park, once a part of Simpson-Pirnee granite quarry, Santee, CA

 

Three views from Cameron’s Mobile Home Park of the rocky hills. The mobile home park is located in part of what was once the Simpson-Pirnie Granite Quarry

 

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