Big Gun Quarry History

Big Gun Quarry History 2017-11-26T22:37:56+00:00

Quarry District

With 55 quarries operating in the early 1900s, Rocklin’s Quarry District was a vibrant community for those looking for their cut of the granite industry. Stretching along Pacific street from Midas Ave. to Sunset Blvd, today’s Quarry District encompasses most of Downtown Rocklin. See future plans for the Quarry district here: Rocklin Quarry District

Capitol Quarry or Big Gun Quarry

The site of Quarry Park Adventures is Capitol Quarry. First opened in 1864 by J.D. Smith, the quarry supplied the granite that was used in the construction of the California State Capitol building. From 1907 to 1930 the quarry was operated by Adolph Pernu and the California Granite Company. Finally it changed hands to the Ruhkala Brothers and Union Granite Company in 1937. The quarry was operational until 2005, it was the last of Rocklin’s 61 quarries in operation. Roy Ruhkala estimates that one million tons of granite has come out of Capitol Quarry during its operation.