Alpine County was created on March 16, 1864, during a silver boom in the wake of the nearby Comstock Lode discovery. It was formed from parts of Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mono & Tuolumne counties. 

At its formation, the County had a population of about 11,000 with its County Seat at Silver Mountain City. By 1868, however, the local silver mines had proven unfruitful and the population fell to about 1,200. The County Seat was moved to Markleeville in 1875.

After the silver rush, Alpine County’s economy consisted almost entirely of farming, ranching, and logging. By the 1920s, the population had fallen to just 200 people. With the construction of the Bear Valley and Kirkwood ski resorts in the late 1960s, the population increased to the present level.

NameNational LandmarkState LandmarkPoint of InterestOther Designation
Marklees Cabin SiteN/A240N/AN/A
Kit Carson MarkerN/A315N/AN/A
Ebbetts Pass Route318N/AN/A
Memorial to Pioneer Odd FellowsN/A378N/AN/A
Old Emigrant Road (#661)N/A661N/AN/A
Woodfords StationN/A805N/AN/A
Alpine County Courthouse4001074N/AN/AN/A
Old Webster Schoolhouse5000071N/AN/AN/A
Snowshoe ThompsonN/AN/APoint of InterestN/A
Alpine County Historical ComplexN/AN/APoint of InterestN/A
Alpine Hotel (Town of Markleeville)N/AN/APoint of InterestN/A
Markleeville General Store (Town of Markleeville)N/AN/APoint of InterestN/A
Old Log Jail (Town of Markleeville)N/AN/APoint of InterestN/A
The Lost Whiskey of Raymond (Town of Markleeville)N/AN/APoint of InterestN/A