J. Marklee Toll Station Restaurant and Bar, 14856 State Route 89, Markleeville, CA 96120 (Main Street in town)
I absolutely love burgers! The burger at J. Marklee Toll Station ranks in my top favorites! It was served on a homemade toasted buttery sourdough bread and the tomatoes were so fresh you wondered if they were grown in the back and picked 30 minutes before dinner. Instead of fries, I had a side of roasted potatoes which had the right balance of seasoning. Everything my husband and I put in our mouth was so good!
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Markleeville Historical and Cultural Attractions:
In town, you can visit the historically marked homesite of Jacob J. Marklee, the town's namesake, and even have a picnic at the tables provided. Marklee, in 1861, is infamously known for founding a toll bridge crossing the Carson River. He aimed to tap into the traffic from the silver mining boom at Silver Mountain City. In 1863, Marklee died after being involved in a real wild west dispute and gunfight.
In Markleeville, you will also find the Alpine County Museum perched on a hillside with pristine views of the valley.
The museum displays many artifacts from early settlers, miners, and Indians. There are also old buildings and impressive old equipment to view and touch.
If you have children, watch them in bewilderment as they see a historic schoolhouse and possible haunted jail right next to each other, although I am sure it was not the intention of the Alpine County Courthouse. Hours of visitation are limited; please check their website www.alpinecountymuseum.org. If they are closed, you can still walk around and see the buildings, large equipment, and view.
There are even rumors the old jailhouse is haunted.
Fishing on the East Fork Carson River
Markleeville, and the East Fork Carson River, is a destination for many people who love to fish. Here are a few pictures to get you excited if this is your passion.
Jim Soto of Cambria, CA with his rainbow trout catch.
Kaare Fladby of Gardnerville, NV all decked out in his fishing gear and catch of the day.
Markleeville also hosts an annual bicycle ride famously called the Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps. Death Ride is one of the premier cycling events of the West. The route goes over five passes for a total distance of 129 miles and over 15,000 feet of elevation gain. Next year's date is July 11, 2020.
What is your favorite restaurant in Markleeville? What is your favorite activity to do there? I would love to hear from you, please leave me a reply. Thank you, Linda
My love for travel began with my parents and my dad, in particular, who loves to explore. When I was young, we camped and fished. My dad taught me to respect communities, history, and the environment. He was environmentally conscious before it was even a term.