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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Winter so far

Posted By on January 26, 2017

There is actually more snow than showing here from New Year’s weekend but here’s the beginning of a record level of snow that is (still) falling in Graniteville.

Signs of Fall in Graniteville

Posted By on October 16, 2016


CPR Training Being Offered Labor Day Weekend

Posted By on August 25, 2016

Lucy Johnson will be conducting a CPR Training Class on Sunday morning, September 4th for the Fire Department, and she has room for 10 students. If you are interested in attending, please contact Chief Paul Stone. He will let you know if there are spaces available.

Independence Day Parade is Sunday, July 3rd – Come join the fun!

Posted By on June 5, 2016

Save the date for Graniteville’s annual Independence Day Celebration – this year on a Sunday.  The parade is followed by a picnic and raffle at the School House. Stay tuned for more details.

Newly added historical info

Posted By on September 4, 2015

Click on the history page and see some recently added documents that include stories from some of Graniteville’s first residents.

Quick link to the History Page

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


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.

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