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Alpine County

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. The building 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. The roof rises to a peak. The roof is hipped. The interior has a mosaic entry hall with the large courtroom off the southeast side. The courtroom has two original oak and glass entry doors and built-in oak balustrades which separate the public from the formal section. The judge is placed behind another ornamented oak balustrade. The building houses the County Superior Court. 


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.


See:  The county is located in the 3rd Appellate District Court of Appeal – Sacramento.


History:  The county was originally part of the Utah Territory and then the Nevada Territory until 1863. The county was created in 1864 and Silver Mountain City was selected as the county seat. The first county jail was erected. The county seat was moved to Markleeville in 1875. The first courthouse was the Odd Fellows Hall, a two story frame structure built in 1873. The second 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.


Old Log County Jail – Markleeville 



Location:  1 School Road / Montgomery Street

Built:  1875

Style:  Log Jail

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a one story log structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of the Alpine County Museum in the center of Markleeville.


Note:  The stone foundations of the former jail in Silver Mountain City are located along highway at Silver Mountain City.



County Courthouse – Markeeville















County Administration – Marleeville









Old Log County Jail – Markleeville





Old Schoolhouse – Markleeville



Photos taken 2013