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Still small enough to provide a quiet country life-style, Gridley is large
enough to offer the amenities and conveniences of much larger cities. The
quaint community with population of just over 5,100 is located in the
heart of the beautiful Sacramento Valley at the foot of the World's
Smallest mountain range, The Sutter Buttes. Gridley is a convenient
one hour drive north of Sacramento. All forms of major transportation are
readily accessed from Gridley. Butte County Transit provides inter city
transport to all the cities in Butte County.
Founder George W. Gridley made his way west around 1850, driving a
herd of sheep and cattle across the plains from Illinois. He lost his herd
on that excursion, but found that the area that would become Gridley to be
an attractive one. He soon established a 960 acre ranch and brought his
wife, Helen to California, they would later have a family of ten children.
With the advent of the railroad, the town proper of Gridley was
established in 1870. The City was incorporated in 1905.
Many turn of the century homes line picturesque Hazel
Street, know as "Silk Stocking Row", which leads to Gridley's Historic
Downtown Business District, West of Highway 99.
An outstanding combination of good climate, fertile soil and available
water have made Gridley an agricultural haven. Gridley is just '96 above
sea level, with a mild climate. Average rainfall is 20", with mild winters
and warm dry summers. A variety of crops, including rice, peaches,
walnuts, kiwis, prunes, almonds and apples, are grown in the Gridley area.
Special Thanks to the Gridley Area Chamber of
for providing text and photos.
PHOTO CREDITS: Ron Sanford, Mary Boeger, John Cowan,