This historic building in scenic Markleeville was constructed in 1928. It was originally planned to be two stories, however to cut costs it was built to have just one story. On September 30, 2004, this building was added to the National Register of Historical Places.
The building was designed by Frederic Joseph DeLongchamps, a famous architect who became the Nevada State Architect in 1919 and designed many buildings in California and Nevada. Delongchamps also designed the new Webster Schoolhouse in 1929. The building's cream-colored stone is rhyolite tuff quarried from Silver City Mountain nearby.
The Alpine County Courthouse is the seat of Alpine County government, and housed the County Sheriff, the Superior and Justice Courts, and the offices of the County Recorder and Assessor. Today, the building is still in use as a courthouse and the Sheriff's office.
Markleeville is located high in the Sierras, and hiking and fishing opportunities are plentiful along the East Carson River and several nearby creeks. Grover Hot Springs State Park is just 4 miles of here. The town also hosts an annual bicycle ride, known as the Tour of the California Alps Death Ride. In the fall, Markleeville and the surrounding area is awash in fall colors, and is an excellent stop for an autumn scenic drive.
Established in 1861, the town of Markleeville has a rich local history. In addition to the Alpine County Courthouse, the Markleeville General Store, Alpine Hotel (now the location of the Cutthroat Bar and Grill), the Webster School, and the Alpine County Historical Complex are all in walking distance of the Courthouse. The remains of the Silver Mountain Jail is also in the area on Highway 4 near Ebbetts Pass, and Marklee's Cabin Site is also located nearby.
The Alpine County Courthouse is located in Markleeville at 1477 State Route 89, at the corner of Water Street and and State Route 89.
High in the Sierra along the Nevada border, Alpine County is sparsely populated, and is in fact the least populated county in California. Situated between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, Alpine County is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to get away from the crowds. The Grover Hot Springs State Park is in Alpine County, and parts of the El Dorado National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, and Toiyabe National Forest are within Alpine County. In 1844, John C. Freemont’s expedition, accompanied by Kit Carson, passed through the area and over today’s Carson Pass. The Overland Emigrant Trail passed through this county, and is marked today by yellow painted iron markers and plaques. Markleeville is the County seat.