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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Alton to ...

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Alton to Birmingham, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 87 miles [140 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 648 miles [1,042.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,542 miles [10,528.3 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 7,250 miles [11,667.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,127 miles [8,251.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Alton ...

We have found 35 communities that share the name Alton.

While the name Alton is unique within Alabama, we know of another 35 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Hempstead County

Our profile page for Alton, Hempstead County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 399 miles [642.1 km] to the West

California

Humboldt County

Our profile page for Alton, Humboldt County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,104 miles [3,386.1 km] to the West Northwest

Florida

Lafayette County

Our profile page for Alton, Lafayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 318 miles [511.8 km] to the Southeast

Georgia

Milton County

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

Tattnall County

Our profile page for Alton, Tattnall County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 298 miles [479.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Idaho

Bear Lake County

Our profile page for Alton, Bear Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,456 miles [2,343.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Madison County

Our profile page for Alton, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 416 miles [669.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Indiana

Crawford County

Our profile page for Alton, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 313 miles [503.7 km] to the North

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Iowa

Sioux County

Our profile page for Alton, Sioux County   [Map]
Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the Northwest

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Kansas

Lyon County

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

Osborne County

Our profile page for Alton, Osborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 793 miles [1,276.2 km] to the Northwest

Sumner County

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

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Kentucky

Anderson County

Our profile page for Alton, Anderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the North Northeast

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Louisiana

Concordia Parish

Our profile page for Alton, Concordia Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 335 miles [539.1 km] to the West Southwest

Saint Tammany Parish

Our profile page for Alton, Saint Tammany Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 289 miles [465.1 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Penobscot County

Our profile page for Alton, Penobscot County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,236 miles [1,989.1 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Delta County

Our profile page for Alton, Delta County   [Map]
Distance: About 849 miles [1,366.3 km] to the North

Kent County

Our profile page for Alton, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 655 miles [1,054.1 km] to the North

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Minnesota

Faribault County

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

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Missouri

Oregon County

Our profile page for Alton, Oregon County   [Map]
Distance: About 344 miles [553.6 km] to the Northwest

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Montana

Glacier County

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

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New Hampshire

Belknap County

Our profile page for Alton, Belknap County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,073 miles [1,726.8 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Wayne County

Our profile page for Alton, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 844 miles [1,358.3 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for Alton, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 359 miles [577.8 km] to the East Northeast

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North Dakota

Traill County

Our profile page for Alton, Traill County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,094 miles [1,760.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Alton   [Map]
Distance: About 1,472 miles [2,369 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Franklin County

Our profile page for Alton, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 479 miles [770.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Ontario

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

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Pennsylvania

McKean County

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

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Rhode Island

Washington County

Our profile page for Alton, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 978 miles [1,573.9 km] to the Northeast

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Texas

Denton County

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

Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Alton, Hidalgo County   [Map]
Distance: About 860 miles [1,384 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Kane County

Our profile page for Alton, Kane County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,472 miles [2,369 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Halifax County

Our profile page for Alton, Halifax County   [Map]
Distance: About 478 miles [769.3 km] to the East Northeast

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West Virginia

Upshur County

Our profile page for Alton, Upshur County   [Map]
Distance: About 508 miles [817.5 km] to the Northeast

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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







Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5793, Longitude: -86.6375     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alton 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 Alton 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 313.581 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.186 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.217 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 Alton, 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alton.



 
 
 

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