Alpine County 150 Year Celebration

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150AlpineOn behalf of the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff, we would like to welcome you to the biggest celebration the smallest county by population in California has ever seen. 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Alpine County. Alpine County was settled in a time when thousands of Americans flocked westward seeking fame, fortune and a new life. Alpine County was officially founded at the height of the American Civil War in 1864. Click here to read more about Alpine County’s 150 Year History.

As part of the 150 year celebrations, there will be many events leading up to and on the anniversary date. Those events are listed below & we will be adding to the list regularly as the anniversary approaches.

For those that have lived here, and those that continue to call Alpine County their home, the same pioneer spirit that the original settlers had, continues to be the foundation of everything that Alpine County stands for. We hope you will share in that same spirit and join us in this grand and historic milestone.


August 2nd BBQ at Grover’s 12 pm – 4 pm                                                                             There will be Native American crafters with supplies for folks to try their hand at the different crafts.

August 2nd Washoe Round Dance, Tentatively at 12:30 pm                                                  Explanation of the Round Dance and Round Dance Demonstration

Sunday August 3, 2014 2 pm- 5 pm                                                                                          Iron Horse Bluegrass Concert at the Bear Valley Musical Festival. Celebrate Alpine County 150th Anniversary with great food, drinks and bluegrass

Saturday August 9, 2014 11 am – 5 pm

Kirkwood Inn 150th Celebration  – BBQ, music, historical talk from author June Somerville and much more  For more information go to

September 20th Markleeville Living History Walk at 1:00 pm                                                Guided tour groups departing every 15-20 minutes from the vacant lot below the Courthouse. For more information contact Karen Dustman at 530-694-2122.

September 27th Silver Mountain City Tour at 9:00 am                                                             Please contact Karen Dustman 530-694-2122 if you’d like to reserve a place on this free tour.

Sunday December 7th Magical Markleeville Christmas Faire from 10am – 3pm                        Held at the Early Learning Center. Join us for a day of fun as we close out 150 years of Alpine County. Closing remarks by Supervisor Don Jardine at 1:00pm.

License Plate Frames Available                                                                                                            We now have license plate frame to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Alpine County  available for you to purchase at the Chamber of Commerce.      Plates are $10 + tax