Alpine County, California

Alpine County is one of the extreme eastern counties, bordering on Nevada, and in the heart of the Sierra. It contains 882 square miles, but its cultivated lands comprise less than 1,000 acres. Population, according to the census of 1880, was 539. The surface is broken by high mountains, amid which are many beautiful valleys. The western part is extremely wild, and is used mainly for pasture of cattle and sheep. Markleeville, the county seat, is on the Carson River, and is the center of a good mining country. Vast forests of fir, tamarack, pine and spruce form the chief wealth. Lumbering, dairying and mining are the main pursuits. The assessed valuation in 1889 was $282,835.


Source: California State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1890, Volume II, R. L. Polk & Company, 1890.

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