Rocklin History Tour - Copp's Quarry
SHARE with Friend
Rocklin History Tour - Stop 19. Follow the entire Series Click Here
To visit Copp's Quarry walk about an eighth mile north on the paved footpath near the east end of Greenbrae Road.
The quarry is dormant now on the east bank of Secret Ravine, but in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries it was one of Rocklin's most productive granite quarries. In the mid twentieth century it was a favored swimming hole but the water is murky now and a fence prevents access.
Massachusetts native Ruben Copp opened the quarry in 1884 to provide granite for buildings in Stockton and San Francisco. After he ran successfully for a seat on the Placer County Board of Supervisors in 1898 he exited the granite business and sold his quarry to the Pacific Granite Company.
Pacific Granite probably closed Copp's Quarry in 1915. A quarry workers' strike that year closed about half of Rocklin's quarries permanently.
Copp's Quarry and the banks of Secret Ravine make up one of Rocklin's most scenic areas. Notice the dense vegetation and the extensive granite outcroppings. Salmon still spawn here.
But Secret Ravine area was the heart of Rocklin's gold mining operations in the 1850s. It was a major population center until many of the area's Argonauts abandoned their sluice boxes and took jobs in Rocklin's granite quarries, and with the Central Pacific Railroad as the transcontinental tracks reached Rocklin from Sacramento in 1864.
To learn more about the History of Rocklin, visit www.rocklinhistory.org.
Print This Article
Placer County News HeadlinesLake Tahoe Marathon Returns September 14thArguably the most beautiful marathon in the world, the Lake Tahoe Marathon returns to Lake Tahoe on Sunday September 14, 2014. Since its inception in 1995, the Lake Tahoe Marathon has evolved into a premier running event
3 Month Old Dies in Sacramento, Parents JailedAshleigh Smith and the 19-year-old father, Terry Scott, were interviewed, they were both booked that night into the Sacramento County Jail on felony child abuse/neglect charges.
Dropping Gas Prices Lift Summer DriversLocal gas prices continue to drop and bring relief to drivers across California and the nation.
Inter-Faith Task Force Seeks New MembersThe Roseville Police Department is hosting an Inter-Faith Task Force comprised of congregational leaders and security teams for churches and other
Lake Tahoe Basin Community Plan Environmental ReviewWith the release of the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Statement/Report, the ongoing update to the complex Tahoe Basin Community Plan continues to make progress
Preventive Autism Treatment Focus of Research AwardsResearch could affect nearly one in every four cases of autism among children in the U.S.
Simple Changes Helping California Small Businesses and EntrepreneursIt's not easy doing business in California. In order to be successful, business owners must overcome many challenges, one of which is dealing with California's complicated tax system
Hyundai scores with Santa Fe SUVsOne of Hyundai's more impressive vehicles is the 2014 Santa Fe, a sport utility vehicle that has three rows and seats seven. It replaced the 2012 Veracruz in the Hyundai lineup.
Adoption Involving Fetal Alcohol SyndromeLaura Bloch adored his picture. "My husband and I had just been approved through an adoption agency and the agency sent out a letter with a picture of a child on it,"
Placer County Wines Honored with 52 AwardsPlacer County Wine Trail wines have delighted judges' taste buds again at this year's California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.
Border Crisis and Illegal Immigration in the United StatesCongressman McClintock recently delivered the following remarks on the House floor regarding the United States Border Crisis.
Influences of Cognitive Abilities in Old Age StudyEarly life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life than such demographic characteristics