Alpine County Museum reopens on Saturday |

Alpine County Museum reopens on Saturday

Record Courier Staff Reports

The Alpine County Museum on top of the hill at the end of School Street in Markleeville is reopening for the season on Saturday, with festivities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Indian tacos will be sold by Dale Bennett, classes in Indian beading will be offered, the carriage shed will be open and the stamp mill will be fired up for the event.

“The stamp mill historically crushed the silver ore before it was refined,” said museum director Dick Edwards. “This is the only one on the eastern side of the Sierras that’s operational. They’re few and far between.”

Edwards said he acquired an engine for the mill last year, restored it and got it running.

A new carriage shed was added to other existing exhibits last year.

“Our small museum is noteworthy for featuring exhibits on the Washoe native people and mining and cattle ranching in Alpine County,” said Edwards.

The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. For more information, call the museum at (530) 694-2317.