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Markleeville and Grover Hot Springs
Alpine County, California

Markleeville is California's smallest county seat in the state's least populous county - just 1175 in the 2010 census. It peaked at 11,000 in the 1860's when silver mines were being developed nearby, but fell as low as 200 when they failed. Now some of the small year-around population commute to Lake Tahoe and the ski resorts at Kirkwood and Bear Valley.

A few miles west of town lie Grover Hot Springs at the head of a beautiful meadow. This is a state park with a nice campground, open all year.


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Alpine County Court House

Alpine County Court House

The county courthouse for Alpine County in Markleeville. Alpine is California's least populous county, with 1159 people in 2010.

Markleeville, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Downtown Markleeville

Downtown Markleeville

Tiny Markleeville centers around the intersection of Highway 89 and Hot Springs Road.

Markleeville, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Historic schoolhouse museum in Markleeville

Historic schoolhouse museum in Markleeville

This historic schoolhouse in Markleeville now serves as the Alpine County Museum.

Markleeville, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Inside the Webster Schoolhouse

Inside the Webster Schoolhouse

The Webster Schoolhouse, part of the Alpine County Museum, is set up like a nineteenth century one-room school. It is literally open to the public, you can walk right in.

Markleeville, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Grover Hot Springs Meadow

Grover Hot Springs Meadow

Grover Hot Springs State Park protects a beautiful mountain meadow, as well as the hot springs and surrounding forests.

Grover Hot Springs State Park, near Markleeville, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Below the pools at Grover Hot Springs

Below the pools at Grover Hot Springs

The developed pools are hard to photograph because of the fences and privacy issues, so I took this pano of warm water discharging into the meadow.

Grover Hot Springs State Park, near Markleeville, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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Grover Hot Springs source

Grover Hot Springs source

The actual Grover Hot Springs flow gently from a grassy hillside above the meadow at a temperature of 147° F (41° C).

Grover Hot Springs State Park, near Markleeville, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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