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Pino Grande
Pino Grande is located in California
Pino Grande
Pino Grande
Location in California
Pino Grande is located in the United States
Pino Grande
Pino Grande
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County El Dorado County
4,022 ft (1,226 m)

Pino Grande (formerly, Pinogrande) is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California. It is located 8 miles (13 km) north-northwest of Pollock Pines, at an elevation of 4022 feet (1226 m).

A post office operated at Pino Grande from 1892 to 1899, with a move in 1893, and from 1902 to 1909.

Pino Grande was the lumber milling area for the Michigan-California Lumber Company. Besides the mill, there were dozens of workers cabins, a hospital, school, cooks building, machine shops and sheds. The camp was, in itself, a small company town. The narrow-gauge railway the lumber company built served the area for decades. The mill, camp, railroad, tracks, trestles, engines, rolling stock, etc., are now long gone. The area where Pino Grande once stood is within the Eldorado National Forest.

The Pino Grande Railroad traveled along the narrow-gauge track through the Georgetown Divide area. These narrow-gauge railroads hauled vast amounts of Ponderosa and Sugar Pine timber through the rugged terrain of the Divide as well as other parts of El Dorado County.

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