Graniteville, California

A historic mining town in the Sierra Nevada mountains

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Graniteville is a unique community located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Check out the links on the right for additional information about the area. Enjoy!

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Another fun 4th!

Posted By on July 9, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came out for the parade and picnic and also a special thanks for supporting the Volunteer Fire Company.  Also to the Shepherd Canyon Band for the foot tapping fun in the School House on Saturday night!

Save the Date!

Posted By on June 25, 2015

IMG_1462Save the date! Annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic coming up on the actual 4th of July this year. Parade starts at 11:30 followed by picnic/raffle/Bluegrass music at the School House. For those of you from out of town, all are welcome but know that there are no services in Graniteville (no camping, gas, stores, etc.)

There will be food, fun, drink (and outhouses) and everyone is welcome to be in and/or watch the fun parade and come to the festivities afterward. There will be a raffle to help support the Volunteer Fire Department.

Gardens in Graniteville

Posted By on June 13, 2015

A beautiful weekend in June 

The Fortress

Posted By on May 28, 2015

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A poem by Ed Show
May 23, 2015

I’m not a resident but I visit now and then.

And there’s a bridge at the Elevated end of this town straddling Poorman’s Creek.

And this Creek is the Township’s enduring, constant natural dynamic (at least I’ve always thought that).

Does Poorman’s water voice pray for me (or for another)?

Or is its solitary song a private language of wordless rhythms resonating only for an audience of granite ears?

And on my way towards the Bridge, A Fortress measures my progress, makes me watch my own steps (carefully).

The Fortress has been here as long as I can recall but not forever like Poorman’s Stream

Someone fastened its planks like solid anchors into an earthy uneveness, supporting a Fortress of walls that scrape sky beneath old pine, cedar and fir.

Who could have done this — and how? (Certainly not a poor man.)

Only Wealthy-Minded Man and his Machines and Imagination.

A Fortress serving as an Artist and Craftsman’s factory for shaping memories of many sorts.

Today the Bridge and Creek attend to the renewal of mountain dogwood’s beautifully-brilliant, milky floral Dance.

But The Fortress has been invited to a Dance of an altered sort.

Once where TIME (the master teacher of every artist and craftsman) creates a new Song and a new Dance in another Land.

And those who were seen to be dancing (there) were thought to be mad by those who could not (yet) hear the Music.

Read by Ed Show at event honoring Richard Mehrken’s Life at the Graniteville School House

 

Italicized emboldened last verse is a paraphrased thought of of Friedrich Nietzche

 

Annual School House Cleanup

Posted By on May 25, 2015

It was with some sadness combined with some good memories of the town’s beloved patriarch, Richard Mehrkens,  that we gathered as a community once again and cleaned up the school house of the little town that Richard loved so much. We lost him last Winter and we miss him. His mark on Graniteville will live on.

Labor Day Fun 2014

Posted By on December 12, 2014

1919 Book Featuring Graniteville

Posted By on August 27, 2014

This is a book that was written in 1919 that features Graniteville – it has been made available for free distribution through the Gutenberg Project.

Forty-One Thieves – A Tale of California

 

More 2014 Parade Pics!

Posted By on July 25, 2014

Pictures from 2014 Picnic/Parade

Posted By on July 7, 2014

Another great Independence Day parade, picnic and Bluegrass at the school house. Thanks to one and all for  your support of the Graniteville Volunteer Fire Departement – the raffle was a success and all the t-shirts sold out.  Fun was had by all and we also especially thank the Shepherd Canyon Band for playing once again.  The school house was rocking late into the night.   Please send any pics you might have to janis1987@msn.com.  Thanks everyone – see you next year!!

The 16th Annual Independence Parade and Picnic – Sat. July 5th

Posted By on June 18, 2014

Come on out and join us for a fun-filled day – the Independence Day parade, picnic and Bluegrass music by the Shepherd Canyon Band (http://www.shepherdcanyonband.com).   Everyone is welcome to be in the parade so start planning now!  or just come out and watch and then enjoy a free lunch and Bluegrass music at the Schoolhouse.

Time:  Parade starts at 11:30, lunch at 12:30 at the Schoolhouse

Theme:  Memories (do you remember the gold country as a kid, or just some good times in the mountains?)

What to Expect: Free lunch (donations appreciated) and free music.

Prizes: Purchase raffle tickets and t-shirts to support the Graniteville Volunteer Fire Co.

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