For centuries, the granite in Temecula’s hills was home to natural silence, oaks, and wildlife.
Uses of Granite
The Temecula Indians used the boulders as metates to grind acorns. That changed in the 1890s as the first railway entered the valley. Entrepreneurs began to quarry and cut the granite for use as building blocks.
A small start drill was used to create holes along the surface of the
boulder. Gun powder was placed in the holes to shape the granite into
the desired dimensions.
Viewing the Granite
Granite from the quarry can be viewed in Old Town as well as is far
north as San Francisco. Throughout Old Town, small hitching posts made
of the granite still stand in front of the Temecula mercantile and
Temecula Hotel. The steps to the Bank are formed of granite from this
1915 the granite quarry had closed due to competition from the cement
making companies. It was much simpler to pour concrete than to quarry
This information comes from A Thousand Years In Temecula Valley, by Tom Hudson.