Silver Mountain, California

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Coordinates: 38°36′19″N 119°46′10″W / 38.60528°N 119.76944°W / 38.60528; -119.76944

Silver Mountain
Former settlement
Silver Mountain is located in California
Silver Mountain
Silver Mountain
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°36′19″N 119°46′10″W / 38.60528°N 119.76944°W / 38.60528; -119.76944
Country United States
State California
County Alpine County
Elevation[1] 6,411 ft (1,954 m)

Silver Mountain (also, Kongsberg, Konigsberg,[2] Köngsberg[3] and Silver Mountain City[3]) is a former settlement in Alpine County, California. It was located on Silver Creek 5 miles (8 km) north-northeast of Ebbetts Pass,[3] at an elevation of 6411 feet (1954 m).

Silver Mountain was founded in 1858 by Norwegian[4] miners who named the place Köngsberg or Konigsberg.[3] Within a year, the town had a population of around 3,000.[4] The Konigsberg post office opened in 1863, closed a while in 1864, was renamed Silver Mountain in 1865, and closed for good in 1883.[3] By 1886, the mines were no longer productive and the town was abandoned.[4]

Silver Mountain was the first county seat of Alpine County, when the County was formed in 1864.[5] The county seat was moved to Markleeville in 1875.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Silver Mountain, California
  2. ^ Both U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Silver Mountain, California
  3. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1202. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  4. ^ a b c Miller, Donald C. (1978). Ghost Towns of California. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company. p. 104. ISBN 0871085178. 
  5. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1141. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 

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