Cameron Park, California

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Coordinates: 38°40′08″N 120°59′14″W / 38.66889°N 120.98722°W / 38.66889; -120.98722

Cameron Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in El Dorado County, California, United States and is part of the Sacramento metropolitan area. The population was 14,549 at the 2000 census. Cameron Park is a relatively new community situated in the Northern California Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada foothills, approximately 30 miles (50 km) east of Sacramento and 70 miles (110 km) west of South Lake Tahoe.

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History

The original inhabitants of the area surrounding Cameron Park were the Niesnan branch of the Maidu Indians. Grinding rocks and burial mounds serve as glimpses of the past and are still visible in various locations around Cameron Park.

Major development began in the area when Larry Cameron purchased 5,000 acres (20 km2) foothill in the 1950s for ranching purposes. In the years since then, the land has slowly been divided into lots of varying sizes, including ranch-sized properties and medium and high density residential neighborhoods. Today, Cameron Park contains a mix of large ranches, single family homes, apartments and businesses.

Geography and climate

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19.2 km²), of which, 7.4 square miles (19.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.94%) is water.

Thick shrubbery and trees cover the hills in and around Cameron Park. Typical vegetation includes an abundance of redbud trees, manzanita bushes, gray pines, and oak trees. The elevation of Cameron Park varies between approximately 1200 and 1450 feet above sea level, typically just slightly above the fog line and below the snow line.

Summers are generally hot and dry, with average daytime temperatures in the 90°F to 100°F range, but sometimes reaching 110°F, or more. Nights, however, tend to cool off more so than in the Sacramento Valley below. Autumns tend to be an "extended summer" throughout California and Cameron Park is no exception. Winters are generally cold and rainy, with highs averaging 40°F to 60°F and nights occasionally dropping below freezing. Cameron Park typically receives snow every few years.

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