"Granite, referring to a rock formation, is a term used to name more than fifty
geographic features in mountainous areas of the state. The cluster name between
the Middle and South Forks of the Kings River, where large masses of granite are
found, originated with the Whitney Survey. Placer Co.
has a Granite Chief, Inyo Co. a Granite Park, and Madera Co. a Granite Stairway.
Sometimes the name has been applied to settlements: Granite Gate, [Los Angeles
Co.], Granite Creek [Madera Co.] and Granite Hill [El Dorado Co.]. In some cases
the places may have been named for the 'Granite State,' New Hampshire.
- Erwin G. Gudde, California Place Names