Latrobe, California

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Coordinates: 38°33′35″N 120°59′02″W / 38.55972°N 120.98389°W / 38.55972; -120.98389

Latrobe is located in California
Location in California
Latrobe is located in the United States
Latrobe (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°33′35″N 120°59′02″W / 38.55972°N 120.98389°W / 38.55972; -120.98389
CountryUnited States
CountyEl Dorado County
Elevation761 ft (232 m)
 • Total219

Latrobe (formerly, La Trobe)[2] is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California.[1] Today a small community, in its heyday it was an important railroad town with a population of 700 to 800.[3]

Latrobe was the terminus of the Placerville and Sacramento Rail Road.[2] The name, bestowed by F.A. Bishop, chief engineer of the railroad, was in honor of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, II, chief engineer of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, America's first railroad.[2] A post office operated at Latrobe from 1864 to 1921.[2]


Latrobe is located 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Placerville,[2] at an elevation of 761 feet (232 m).[1] According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Latrobe has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.[4]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Latrobe, California
  2. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Sioli, Paolo (1883). Historical Souvenir of El Dorado County, California: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men & Pioneers. p. 199.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Latrobe, California