The Quarry District in Rocklin, CA
Welcome home to Villages at Civic Center, where you can stop dreaming and start living! Rich in history, the picturesque Quarry District of Rocklin has been a premier location since the early California Gold Rush era and continues to be a sought after location to raise a family, work, and enjoy retirement. This is the kind of community you can be proud to call home.
“The Quarry District is the heart of Rocklin.
A place to live, work, and come together for exciting events.
Or to just relax and find a quiet spot beneath the old oak trees.
It’s Rocklin’s history, but with a vibrant future.
The Quarry District is uniquely Rocklin.” – City of Rocklin
Our community is nestled in between all of Northern California’s premier destinations, so you’re just a short drive away from the fresh mountain air of Lake Tahoe, the world-famous Napa Valley Wine Country, or the singular “City by the Bay,” San Francisco.
With an abundance of majestic oak trees and nature views, this location gives the feeling of relaxing seclusion, without sacrificing easy access to local culture and amenities. You and your family can easily enjoy a concert of Kings game at G1C, as well as Downtown Sacramento’s well known and highly rated farm-to-fork restaurants.
Rocklin is home to some of the top schools in the country, year-round entertainment, and offers a wide variety of shopping and dining options. Whatever you are looking for, whether work or play, you’ll find it nearby the Villages at Civic Center.
Rocklin, California is situated in the vicinity of more than 20 rock quarry sites. It is believed that, at one time, Rocklin was home to as many as 60 quarries.
A rich piece of Northern California’s history, these mines were once used to extract building materials directly from the open Earth and now serve as a collection of important historical sites. Many of the former quarries have been repurposed to be enjoyed by the community today, including, Wickman-Ruhkala Home Quarry, operated by Matt Ruhkala as the Union Granite Company, the site of the Rocklin Village Estates community.
While most of the city’s former quarries sit empty and vacant, they play a significant role in Rocklin’s rich history. In fact, the Capitol Quarry, also known as ”Big Gun Quarry,” was once the largest quarry operated by the Union Granite Company and provided a source for granite for its namesake, the California State Capitol building. This quarry operated up until its closing in 2005.
Recently, one of these quarries was transformed into the ultimate entertainment destination for Rocklin families, Quarry Park Adventures. The park offers family-friendly thrills to visitors, including zip lines, rock climbing walls and more. Another former quarry, Quinn Quarry, which once supplied granite for Monterey’s iconic Breakwater site, was a treasured local swimming hole before becoming part of the entertainment attraction as a lake for paddleboat rides.
Another notable quarry, the Early Union Granite Company Quarry, is hidden but still very much present. This quarry is hiding under a lake in front of the Placer/Rocklin Library situated at Rocklin Road and the appropriately named Granite Drive.
While the local quarries are not in operation any longer, they serve as an important and treasured reminder of the rich history that Rocklin was founded upon. The Wickman-Ruhkala Home Quarry, operated by Matt Ruhkala as the Union Granite Company will have a new beginning in its next phase of serving its purpose to the city when families and community members call the Rocklin Village Estates community “home.”