El Dorado County has 4 rural airports, Cameron Airpark, Georgetown, Placerville, and South Lake Tahoe. US Route 50 runs east from Sacrament to the Nevada state line in South Lake Tahoe.
The first airport is a residential airpark call Cameron Airpark. Cameron Airpark Airport provides a unique opportunity for pilots to commute from their homes to destinations without ever leaving the plane. Wide streets double as taxiways between homes and the airstrip. The airport is situated above the valley fog, yet below the snow-line and is a publicly owned and is public-use airport as well as a residential community.
The second rural airport is called Georgetown Airport. Georgetown Airport is a public use airport located two miles (3.2 km) northwest of the town of Georgetown. The airport has one runway and is mostly used for general aviation. the town was founded on August 7, 1849, by George Phipps and party, Georgetown was a gold mine town known for its heavy gold-laden quartz rocks. What makes this town unique is that after the disastrous fire in 1852 the old town was moved from the canyon in lower Main Street to its present site, and, unique in early-day planning, Main Street was laid out 100 feet (30 m) wide, with side streets 60 feet (18 m). After this new reconstruction, the residents of the city proclaimed their town as the "Pride of the Mountains". The hub of an immensely rich gold mining area,
The third rural airport in El Dorado County is called Placerville. After the discovery of gold in nearby Coloma, by James W. Marshall in 1848 that sparked the California Gold Rush, the small town now known as Placerville was known as Dry Diggin's after the manner in which the miners moved cartloads of dry soil to running water to separate the gold from the soil.
Later in 1849, the town earned its most common historical name, "Hangtown", because of the numerous hangings that had occurred there. By 1850, the temperance league and a few local churches had begun to request that a more friendly name be bestowed upon the town. The name was not changed until 1854 when the City of Placerville was incorporated.
At its incorporation Placerville was the third largest town in California. In 1857. Placerville was a central hub for the Mother Lode region's mining operations. The town had many services, including transportation (of people and goods), lodging, banking, and had a market and general store. The history of hard-rock mining is evidenced by an open and accessible Gold Bug Park & Mine, now a museum with tours and books.
The fourth airport in El Dorado County is located in South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe is the most populous city in El Dorado County. At the east end of the city, there is a California-Nevada state line. Just take one step and you cross the stateline into Nevada. Here you will find more restaurants, hotels, and the Nevada casinos known at Stateline Nevada. The airport is at the western end of town.
Lady Luck arrived at the Lake and unpacked her bags in 1944, when Harvey's Wagon Wheel Saloon and Gambling Hall opened as one of the area's first gaming establishments (technically on the Nevada side of the state border in the South Lake Tahoe (Nevada gaming area). By the 1950s, roads began to be plowed year-round, enabling access to permanent residences. When the 1960 Winter Olympics came to Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe was put firmly on the map as the skiing center of the western United States.
The Rural Airports in El Dorado County
3501 Airport Road, Ste 1
Placerville, CA 95667
Hours: 8AM to 5PM.
6245 Aerodromne Way
Georgetown, CA 95634