|Birth: ||Jul., 1844|
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 1892|
Alvin Grover ran away from home at the age of 16, and eventually made his way to California via the Kit Carson Pass route. He was in Alpine County as early as 1863, when he drove a team to Silver Mountain City. According to one recollection, Snowshoe Thompson made him his first pair of snowshoes (skis).
By 1868, Grover was living in Markleeville, and a son was born there that year. Another son was born in 1870, in Hot Springs Valley (near Markleeville). Grover filed a homestead on 185 acres near the Hot Springs, and built a new bath house and other improvements that were completed in 1875, and a daughter was born there in 1877. He hosted a huge 4th of July picnic there at the Hot Springs in 1878 that was well-attended by citizens from all over the county.
Grover served as the County Assessor, had grazing land at Wolf Creek, and was a successful farmer.
Grover is also locally famous for moving the old Fiske Hotel from Silver Mountain to Markleeville after the devastating Markleeville fire of 1885. The building was disassembled, board by board, and then rebuilt on the corner of Main and Montgomery Streets in Markleeville that same year. This became Grover's Hot Springs Hotel, and still stands today -- known locally as the "Cutthroat" or "Wolf Creek" restaurant. Grover is listed in the 1886-87 Markleeville Business Directory as proprietor of the Hot Springs Hotel and the Lone Star Stable.
Grover died at just 47 years of age. His headstone is one of the few memorials still remaining in the Markleeville Cemetery. It says simply, "At Rest."
Margaret Daley de la Joie McKillips Audrain (1834 - 1898)*
Created by: Karen D.
Record added: May 11, 2013
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