Settled by Scandinavian miners in 1858, - then called Kongsberg. Renamed Silver Mountain in 1863 and made county seat of Alpine County Aug. 11th, 1864. During the Sixties, the town supported a post-office, two newspapers, express office, telegraph office and several hotels. Population was at its peak in 1864. County seat moved to Markleeville Nov. 1st, 1875.Dedicated to the venturesome spirit, courage and perseverance of California Pioneers Sept. 13, 1858 by the Society of E Clampus Vitus - Snowshoe Thompson Chapter officiating.