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Butte County, California


"Kiwi Capital of the U.S.A."

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Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions



Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Gridley is approximately 5,100 (2000), 6584 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,810 (1990), 2183 (2010).
The amount of land area in Gridley is 3.616 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Gridley is 1.28 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Gridley to Washington DC is 2534 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 60 miles. (as the crow flies)
Gridley is positioned 39.36 degrees north of the equator and 121.69 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Gridley elevation is 96 feet above sea level.
Gridley average annual rainfall is 22 inches per year
The average low temperature is (January) 35 degrees F.
The average high temperature is (July) 95 degrees F.


along state route 99 in the Sacramento valley next to the "world's smallest mountain range, the Sutter Buttes. Gridley is about 60 miles north of Sacramento. Nearby communities are: Biggs, Richvale, Palermo and Oroville.
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mild. There is little frost in the winter and the summers are dry with low humidity. The highest temperature on record is 120 degrees and the lowest 18 degrees.
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History & History Related Items

Gridley was named for its founder, George W. Gridley. He came to the area from Illinois, but had been born in New York. In 1850, he was driving sheep and cattle to California, but arrived without the animals in this area. He tried to bring some sheep back to California from Illinois once again and was successful this time. This was beginning of his sheep ranching business. He died in 1881 after successfully raising a family and building a prosperous business. The railroad came into the area in 1870. Once the railroad arrived, the town began to prosper. The first home and business was built in 1874 by L.C. Stone. More businesses followed, including Wells Fargo & Co. Fires, in 1884 and 1891 destroyed much of the business area, but all was re-built by 1900.

Here is a history page for Gridley.
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The founding of Gridley


The incorporation of Gridley



Gridley's sister city is Te Puke, New Zealand, which is known as the Kiwi Capital of the World!

Some of the crops grown in the area are: rice, peaches, walnuts, almonds, prunes and kiwis.

Country Harvest Celebration
Gridley, CA
In October each year
Info (530) 846-3142

Butte County Fair
August 26-30, 1999
Held each year at this same general time
Information: (530) 846-3626

Sutter Buttes, the world's smallest mountain range. The range is actually circular with a diameter of 10 miles and covers an area of about 75 square miles. The mountains are the remnants of a volcano that has been dormant for over a million years. South Butte, the highest peak is 2,117 feet above sea level. North Butte is 1,863 feet and West Butte is 1,685 feet above sea level.

Gridley & Live Oak Now - website about the local area. Historical and Wildlife Museum
corner of Kentucky and Hazel Streets
Gridley, CA
PHone: 530-846-3152
Learn about life in long ago Gridley. Many photographs of old-time residents are available as well as old school desks and military uniforms.
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Economy & Industry

Most employment in Gridley is centered around agriculture in some way. Many growers and canners are located in the area.
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Gridley City Government

City of Gridley

City Hall
685 Kentucky St
Gridley, CA 95948
Phone: (530) 846-5695

Gridley Community Center
620 Ohio St.
Gridley, California 95948-2431
Phone: 530-846-4737

Gridley Public Works Dept.
685 Kentucky St.
Gridley, California 95948-2117
Phone: 530-846-3631

Fire protection is by the California Department of Forestry

Gridley Chamber

Gridley Chamber of Commerce
613 Kentucky Street
Gridley, CA 95948
Phone: 530-846-3142
Fax: 530-846-7165

Gridley Community Events

August each year
The Butte County Fair & Sportsman's Expo.
The fair is held on 36 acres of land and is a GREAT Old-Fashioned County Fair!

May Red Suspenders' Days
All day Downtown event with many things to see and do. Don't miss the parade and Bed Races!

Gridley Organizations

Gridley Chamber of Commerce
613 Kentucky Street
Gridley, CA 95948
Phone: 530-846-3142
Fax: 530-846-7165

Gridley Libraries

Gridley Library
299 Spruce St.
Gridley, California 95948-2215
Phone: 530-846-3323

information on the library from the Friends of the Library.
229 Spruce St.
Gridley, CA 95948
Phone: 530-846-5695

Gridley Schools

Gridley Unified School District
429 Magnolia Street
Gridley, CA 95948-2599
Phone: 530-846-4721

Gridley High School
300 E. Spruce St.
Gridley, CA 95948-2235
Phone: 530-846-4791 Gridley


The population of Gridley was:
1998 - 5,000
2000 - 5,100
2003 - 5,550

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