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The El Dorado Hills Rocks

The El Dorado Hills Rocks

If you're heading north on El Dorado Hills Blvd and happen to see two big rocks off to your right with graffiti on them, you've come across an El Dorado Hills icon- The El Dorado Hills Rocks.

My earliest recollection of the Rock began in the spring of 1999 when my son was playing baseball at Oak Ridge High School. While poking a little fun at our JV coach at the time, a couple of the players, I'll not name, decided to mimic a phrase the coach often used. In the middle of the night, with flashlights and paint in hand, they trekked up a big hill, to a huge rock originally located down the Boulevard and across the street where now stand apartments; and wrote their message.

As it was definitely not easy to get to, the rock stayed that way for quite a while. As time went on, others would make the trek up the hill and the message would change. The rock began to be a voice for residents and sometimes opposing sports teams. When the construction was to begin on the apartments and the fate of the rock became uncertain, a teacher at one of our local schools saw it's value and did what it took to get that huge rock moved to its present location.

Now being easier to get to, messages on it changed much more frequently; sometimes a couple times a day. In September of 2000, after 9-11 happened, an unknown artist painted the United States flag on the rock in honor of the victims. Time stood still for the rock for weeks as no one wanted to be the one to paint over our flag.

The concern for a place to voice came up, and again the problem was solved by bringing in another huge rock, not easily I can imagine. Eventually, the flag on the original rock was painted over.

Now sit the two huge rocks, always with some kind of message. Sometimes it's a birthday message and sometimes it's a sad good-bye. There's even been a replica of Iwo Jima painted on it by a dear friend of mine. Regardless, every time I drive by, I can't help looking at them to see what's there, as you never know.

As I was driving down El Dorado Hills Boulevard on Sunday, September 11, 2011, I glanced over to see what's on the rocks and, as I expected, there was a tribute to 9/11,  a horrible day in our country's history that few, if any, can forget! 

El Dorado Hills Rocks September 11, 2011

I originally wrote this post for My Best of the Hills Blog in November 2007 but felt it worth repeating here on my Active Rain Blog as I'm sure people new to the area might wonder about our El Dorado Hills Rocks!  

 

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Comment balloon 15 commentsDeeDee Riley • September 14 2011 04:00PM

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Wow DeeDee, what a neat story!

Posted by Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI (Solutions Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Thanks Michael!  Glad you liked it!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 8 years ago

This is a great story.  Hard not to imagine that 9/11 showed up on the rocks.  My distant cousin died in NY on that day on the one of the towers.  He was such a wonderfull person, we celebrate his life and know he is in heaven.  He has made us all stronger. :0) gail

Posted by Gail C. Harris, Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868 (Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director) about 8 years ago

Gail, so sorry to hear that.  I don't think I know anyone that died that day.

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 8 years ago
I love stories like this! You could do a series called... The faces of the El Dorado Hills Rocks! Then just post a photo of that weeks favorite(s). What fun!!
Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 8 years ago

DeeDee, I had missed this post, and what a wonderful site this would be driving up!   Such a great message!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 8 years ago

Hi there DeeDee, thanks for putting this one on AR also for us to see and share. It is a great story and, we are with Joan on this one, nice to see driving up to them.

Jacque & Larry

Posted by Larry & Jacque Ficek, Realtors - Wasilla Alaska (Alaska Dream Makers) about 8 years ago

DeeDee - great history of how this rock became a local "billboard"! Love the tribute to 9/11 - talk about making good use of a rock. Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) about 8 years ago

DeeDee how cool.  Nice to have a familiar place to turn to to get an idea of what is going on in the community.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 8 years ago

Thanks for the idea, Joni!  I'll have to post other faces once in a while that are interesting.  It has already been painted over- the flag one, several times!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 8 years ago

Thanks Joan.  I have not been close enough to see how thick the paint is but can't imagine how many layers are on it!!!!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 8 years ago

Thanks Jacquie! 

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 8 years ago

Kristine,

Glad you liked it.  I'm glad I know it's true story!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 8 years ago

Jennifer - yes it is.  There are many birthday messages on it!  And I wonder "Megan who? or "who's dad" but the recipients of the messages know who they are and it's fun for them.

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 8 years ago

We were painting that write WAY before '99!

Posted by Annie about 2 years ago

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