Q. Looking for source information on Niles Quarries. Can you make recomendations?


Our local history collection has a great deal of information for you. One of my volunteers and I spent an hour looking into this today and we were only able to scratch the surface. Here is a taste of what we found.

There were three main quarry operations in the area in the late 1960s, early 1970s:
Niles Sand & Gravel Owner: H. Guy Clouser
Pacific Cement & Aggregates (PCA) Vice President: Warren Ringold (unknown title)
Robert Clark Rhodes & Jamieson Ltd. (formerly Rio Gravel Inc.) General Manager: G. William Jamieson.

Other operations in the area included:

Bellini Quarry in the Niles hillsides Contractor: Larry Silva Operator
Arnold Bellini Concrete Service Co, of San Jose (@ Mission San Jose/ Livermore Road) Applicant: Anthony Zicovich Inland Aggregate Co. (may be affiliated with Niles Sand & Gravel)

Quarry operations in Niles are recorded before the turn of the century. According to one of the newspaper reports, the main operators in the 1960s have been working the quarries for "more than 30 years". In the late 60's, early 70's there were a number of legal issues about the quarrying and some lawsuits were filed. Depending on the information you need, the court records are probably traceable. The files that we explored today are in the Local History Clipping files "Quarries & Quarrying". They include newspaper clippings, maps and conditional use permits. We also have two environmental impact reports done in preparation for the Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area. These are with the government documents in the Marks Center under the call number: 333.78314 Quarry.

I hope you will be able to come take a look at the information we have here. In addition to the Quarries & Quarrying files, you are also likely to find material in the files about the Alameda County Water Department and City Beautiful Committee. We also have some early Fremont Business Directories which might give some ownership information. I would be happy to make an appointment with you to orient you to the collection and help you get started. Typically I am at the library Tuesdays through Saturday.


  • Last Updated Nov 27, 2017
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  • Answered By Janet Cronbach

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  1. The Owner of the Niles Quarry was Manuel Silva . He is/was Husbands Grandfather. Mervyn Silva Manuels Son worked for his Dad for years driving gravel trucks at the Niles Quarry.
    by Kiersten Andrews on Jun 08, 2019.