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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Alta.

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How Far From Alta to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Alta to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Alta to:

  • Fayette [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Alta to Fayette, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 117 miles [188.3 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 685 miles [1,102.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,574 miles [10,579.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,286 miles [11,725.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,162 miles [8,307.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Alta ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Alta.

While the name Alta is unique within Alabama, we know of another 21 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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California

Placer County

Our profile page for Alta, Placer County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,876 miles [3,019.1 km] to the West Northwest

San Diego County

Our profile page for Alta, San Diego County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,696 miles [2,729.4 km] to the West

Colorado

San Miguel County

Our profile page for Alta, San Miguel County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,172 miles [1,886.2 km] to the West Northwest

Illinois

Peoria County

Our profile page for Alta, Peoria County   [Map]
Distance: About 506 miles [814.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Indiana

Vermillion County

Our profile page for Alta, Vermillion County   [Map]
Distance: About 421 miles [677.5 km] to the North

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Iowa

Buena Vista County

Our profile page for Alta, Buena Vista County   [Map]
Distance: About 750 miles [1,207 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Harvey County

Our profile page for Alta, Harvey County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Harvey County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Jewell County

Our profile page for Alta, Jewell County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Jewell County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Johnson County

Our profile page for Alta, Johnson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Johnson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Kentucky

Ohio County

Our profile page for Alta, Ohio County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Ohio County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Montana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Alta, Jefferson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Jefferson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Ravalli County

Our profile page for Alta, Ravalli County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,633 miles [2,628.1 km] to the Northwest

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North Dakota

Barnes County

Our profile page for Alta, Barnes County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Barnes County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Ohio

Highland County

Our profile page for Alta, Highland County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Highland County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Richland County

Our profile page for Alta, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 558 miles [898 km] to the North Northeast

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Tennessee

Shelby County

Our profile page for Alta, Shelby County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Shelby County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Alta, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,405 miles [2,261.1 km] to the West Northwest

Wasatch County

Our profile page for Alta, Wasatch County
This community is historic.
Although located in Wasatch County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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West Virginia

Fayette County

Our profile page for Alta, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 473 miles [761.2 km] to the Northeast

Greenbrier County

Our profile page for Alta, Greenbrier County   [Map]
Distance: About 486 miles [782.1 km] to the Northeast

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Wyoming

Teton County

Our profile page for Alta, Teton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,437 miles [2,312.6 km] to the Northwest

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alta. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Alta. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alta) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6709, Longitude: -87.5317     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alta have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Alta to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 314.127 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.829 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.559 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Alta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

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