Alpine County

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Alpine County is named for the alpine location high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – El Dorado County and Douglas County, Nevada

E – Douglas County, Nevada and Mono County

S – Tuolumne County

W – Calaveras County, Amador County and El Dorado County


Created:  March 16, 1864                                               Location in the state of California

County Seat: 

Silver Mountain City  1864 – 1875

Markleeville               1875 – present


County Courthouse – Markleeville 


Location:  14777 Highway 89 / Montgomery Street

Built:  1928 – 1929

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Frederic J DeLongchamps of Reno, Nevada

Contractor:  E K Fowler and Son


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a one story structure. The building sits landscaped grounds on the side of low slope in the center of Markleeville and is constructed of a light cream colored massive rhyolite tuff quarried from nearby Silver Mountain City. The northwest front has three arches with a central entrance on the first story and rising to a peak at the roof line. The roof is hipped.


Note:  The contract awarded to  E K Fowler and Son for construction was $23,743 and the amount was revised to $30,640.


See: Frederic J DeLongchamps designed the courthouse in Modoc County and  Nevada courthouses located in Carson City ( Ormsby County ), Douglas County, Humboldt County, Lander County, Lyon County, Perishing County and Washoe County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Alpine County Courthouse.


History:  The first county seat was in Silver Mountain City where a jail was erected. The county seat moved to Markleeville in 1875. The second courthouse was the Odd Fellows Hall, a two story frame structure built in 1873. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1928 to 1929 at a cost of $23,743.


County Administration – Markleeville 




Location:  14777 Highway 89 / Montgomery Street

Built:  1976 – 1977

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Caywood-Nopp-Ward

Contractor:  K W Construction


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Markleeville on northeast side of the courthouse. The building is square shaped with a long porch on the northwest side supported by seven pillars. The roof is low slope.




County Courthouse – Markeeville






















County Administration – Marleeville










Photos taken 2013