Established in 1918 as a company store for workers employed at the town lumber mill, Graeagle Store, (pronounced Gray Eagle, after Gray Eagle Creek) is celebrating its 100-year anniversary of serving locals and visitors alike.
Co-owners Steve & Nancy Harding and Dale & Gina Lambert work hard to provide the service and products demanded by todays customers while preserving the historic qualities of this unique general store that continues to draw visitors back each year.
Today, the Graeagle Store offers a Full Service Fresh Meat Counter so you can have those steaks cut just the way you want for your family get together.
The stores Fresh Produce Department offers a variety of fruits and vegetables with just the right ingredients to prepare that special salad or dessert.
The Fresh Dairy Department offers cheeses, yogurts, milk and other traditional dairy products.
If you are looking for tasty desserts, Graeagle Store has a wide selection of ice creams and other desserts as well as some great locally made pies and cakes to complete your family meal.
Whether you are looking to just refill the cooler or planning that big meal, Graeagle Store has a little bit of everything to help you complete your list.
A Little History Behind the Store
Arthur Davies acquired what would become the town of Graeagle from the Sierra Iron Company in 1916 as part of a huge timber sale that stretched from Blairsden to Calpine.
He constructed a sawmill and began moving company housing from one of his other nearby mill operations in Sardine Valley, 45 miles to the southeast. Davies Mill (as it was known at the time) grew quickly, adding a company store, a post office (which resided within the store itself until 1980) a dairy and various other buildings.
The town held a naming contest to select a better name than "Davies' Mill. The winning entry contracted "Grey Eagle Creek" to Graeagle.
Arthur sold the mill complex to the California Fruit Exchange of Sacramento in 1918. CFE used the lumber facilities to manufacture shook (wooden slats for fruit boxes) for the fruit industry in the Sacramento Valley.Family homes began popping up along Graeagles main street in the 1920s. The community saw economic growth through the 1930s and 1940s, adding a hardware store, a butcher shop, a slaughterhouse and other commerce.
The Graeagle Store continued to supply the towns bulk commodities through the 1950s. Like other buildings in town, it had a wood burning stove in the early days. The pot-bellied stove was eventually replaced with a propane heater which freed up more space for groceries. (You can still see the plate above the butcher counter where the stove pipe once was.)