31130 State Highway 94
Campo, CA 92006
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open during the week by appointment only
Directions: From San Diego, take Highway 94 east approximately 35 miles. The Campo Stone Store will be on the left (north) side of the highway just past the Campo Trading Post (green building) and just before you cross the railroad tracks.
- California State Historic Landmark
This sturdy stone building was the result of a raid on the original frame store of the Gaskill brothers by border bandits in 1875. The furious gun battle made clear that the pioneers in East County needed more security, and the fortress-like stone store built after the raid still stands to remind us of these adventurous times. The “store” also functioned as a bank, post office, and social center for the community. The store served people north and south of the border.
Known also for Camp Lockett, a military outpost created to protect the southern frontier. It housed the horse cavalry, which was the most effective way to patrol the rocky, mountainous terrain of the back country. It also served as the last home of the Buffalo Soldiers.
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