Rocklin is a city in Placer County, California located approximately 22 miles from Sacramento, California, and about 6.1 miles northeast of Roseville in the Sacramento metropolitan area. Besides Roseville, it shares borders with Granite Bay, Loomis and Lincoln.
Rocklin’s history is closely tied to the transcontinental railroad. In 1862, the Pacific Railroad Act granted the Central Pacific Railroad land near Secret Ravine. In 1864, the Central Pacific Railroad completed an extension of its track southwest from Newcastle to Secret Ravine. It named the area Rocklin after its granite quarry, and used the site a refueling and water stop. In 1906 the Central Pacific moved its facility from Rocklin to Roseville, where more land was available for expansion. The site in Roseville has remained in continuous use since. As of August 2014, it is the largest rail facility near the US West Coast.
Granite mining ended in 2004 in Rocklin. The economy diversified; the Formica Company formerly operated a manufacturing plant in Rocklin. Educational Media Foundation, which owns the K-LOVE and Air1 radio networks, is based in Rocklin. Two colleges opened as did other businesses including the Educational Media Foundation and the U.S.-based subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG, a manufacturer of solar inverters.
Shopping, entertainment and dining are provided by smaller businesses and the area is served by the Blue Oaks Town Center, a regional shopping center anchored by national tenants, located on the Highway 65 corridor. A section of Granite Drive along Interstate 80 is known as Toy Row, and there is also a local antique mall.
The Rocklin area is home to eleven elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, two alternative education institutions as well as campuses of Sierra College and William Jessup University.
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