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Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum

The Gaskill Brothers Stone Store is located in Campo, CA.  The Back Country of San Diego County.  When you take the drive out Highway 94 otherwise called Campo Rd, the scenery is breathtaking, no matter the time of year.  Dry months the fields are brown, dry, and the trees are green where the water runs.  The water ways are easy to follow, it is always green and the trees are thick.  Campo is approximately an hour drive from El Cajon, CA.  The highway takes it curves around and through other historic points, Jamul, Barrett Junction Valley, Potrero and then you enter Campo.  The Mexico border runs parallel to the highway, in some areas as close as five miles to the South.

The Gaskill Brothers Stone Store is a museum and part of the San Diego Park system.  The Mountain Empire Historical Society operates the museum.  The store was built in 1885 by the Gaskill Brothers.  In 1875 the original store was raided by border bandits.  Because of this attack the Gaskills built the stone store as a fortress against another attack.  The store was also the post office, community center, and bank.  People from both sides of the border shopped and socialized here.

The re-enactment group of the same name, the Gaskill Brothers perform small skits and re-enact this famous 1875 battle around San Diego County at various Western events.  The troupe hold special performances in Potrero at the home of a couple of the members.  They have built a small village, depicting the area as it may have been in 1875.

These pictures are found at the County of San Diego Website here with more information about the Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum.

Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum Campo, CA The Hanging Tree


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