Campo Seco, California

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Campo Seco
Unincorporated community
Campo Seco is located in California
Campo Seco
Campo Seco
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°13′38″N 120°51′12″W / 38.22722°N 120.85333°W / 38.22722; -120.85333Coordinates: 38°13′38″N 120°51′12″W / 38.22722°N 120.85333°W / 38.22722; -120.85333
Country United States
State California
County Calaveras County
Elevation[1] 564 ft (172 m)
Reference No. 257[2]

Campo Seco ("dry camp" in Spanish) is an unincorporated community in Calaveras County, California. It sits an elevation of 564 feet (172 m) above sea level and is located at 38°13′38″N 120°51′12″W / 38.22722°N 120.85333°W / 38.22722; -120.85333. The community is in ZIP code 95226 and area code 209.

Founded by Mexicans in 1849, the mining camp was quite cosmopolitan, with forty different nationalities of miners. The town was almost destroyed by a fire in 1854, but as the placers were still producing, much of the town was rebuilt. Most of the buildings that are still standing date from after the fire. The town also contains the largest living cork oak tree in California, which was planted in 1858.

The town today is registered as California Historical Landmark #257.[2]

The first post office was established in 1854.[3]

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Campo Seco is in the 8th Senate District, represented by Democrat Leland Yee,[4] and the 5th Assembly District, represented by Republican Frank Bigelow.[5] Federally, Campo Seco is in California's 4th congressional district, represented by Republican Tom McClintock.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Campo Seco". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Campo Seco". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  3. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 754. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  4. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "California's 4th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.