Photo © C.K.Campbell
Camino is located in El Dorado County just east of Placerville on U.S. Highway 50 midway between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe. A foothill community situated at the 3,200 foot level, Camino and the surrounding area are encompassed by forest lands and farms.
Camino is also the gateway to the ranches of the Apple Hill Growers Association. Over 55 member ranches and wineries open their family farms to visitors who make their annual harvest trek to enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cider, and wine.
This logging community, originally known as Seven Mile, is and has been, a haven for homesteaders, loggers and weary wayfarers since 1858.
The Concord stagecoach and wagon trains carried pioneers and supplies along the Old Carson Wagon Road through Camino from San Francisco to the Comstock Lode in Nevada. The Pony Express exchanged riders and horses here when delivering mail between Sacramento, California and St. Joseph, Missouri. Tourists stayed at the Camino Hotel when traveling along the historic Lincoln Highway through Camino en-route to the World's Fair. The small community of Camino celebrates its history annually with the Hwy. 50 Wagon Train and Pony Express re-enactments.
Surrounded by El Dorado National Forest, Camino has a rich history as a mill town, being home to an operating lumber mill since the early 1900s. Sierra Pacific Lumber Company's operation and quaint and colorful mill houses for workers dominates the Main Street.