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Markleeville in Alpine County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Beautiful Hot Springs Valley

draws people now as it has for thousands of years

 
 
Beautiful Hot Springs Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2007
1. Beautiful Hot Springs Valley Marker
Inscription.  Summer after summer the Washoe Indian people visited the valley. Eventually their idyllic retreat was discovered.

During the winter of 1844 Captain John Fremont may have seen this place during his crossing of the Sierra. Fremont’s diary of his crossing west over the Sierra has been interpreted by some historians with his route passing through Hot Springs Valley.

Just ten years later John Hawkins, the first white settler in the valley, began his cattle ranch here. His ranch house was built near where the back parking lot is today. The ranch also featured a 12 foot diameter hole dug to catch the hot water for bathing.

In 1866 C. H. Kilgore leased land here for a dairy ranch. Woodcutters moved into the valley in the early 1870s, clear-cutting the trees to supply wood to the mining camps.

Alvin M. Grover homesteaded 186 acres in the valley in 1873. Grover and Daniel Hawkins became partners adding a new bath house and enlarging the pool. Grover operated the pool along with his hotel in Markleeville.

The cabin you see standing west of the pool was occupied seasonally by Charles Scossa until the
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alley became a State Park in 1959.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
 
Location. 38° 41.77′ N, 119° 50.632′ W. Marker is in Markleeville, California, in Alpine County. Marker can be reached from Hot Springs Road. Marker is located above the pool of the Grover Hot Springs State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Markleeville CA 96120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grover Hot Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Log Jail (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Lost Whiskey of Raymond (approx. 3.3 miles away); Old Webster School (approx. 3.3 miles away); Alpine County Historical Complex (approx. 3.3 miles away); Hangman's Bridge & Vigilante Justice (approx. 3.3 miles away); Webster School (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Hurdy House (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Markleeville.
 
Also see . . .  California State Parks - Grover Hot Springs. (Submitted on September 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
 
Close-up of Ranch House pictured on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2007
2. Close-up of Ranch House pictured on Marker
"The Hawkins Ranch House before it burned in early 1900s"
The Valley as it looks today image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2007
3. The Valley as it looks today
Vintage Postcard - Grover Hot Springs image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Frashers Foto
4. Vintage Postcard - Grover Hot Springs
Natural Wonder of Alpine County. Four miles west of Ebbetts Pass Highway from Markleeville, Alpine County, California
The Charles Scossa Cabin mentioned on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2007
5. The Charles Scossa Cabin mentioned on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,557 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   4. submitted on October 4, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   5. submitted on September 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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