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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Alton, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alton and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Alton:
    • 33.562620, -93.589900
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Alton
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Alton ...

We have found 35 communities that share the name Alton.

Within Arkansas, the name Alton is unique.

Beyond Arkansas, we know of another 35 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 35 communities, 33 are located in the United States and four are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Jefferson County
      • This Alton is located in Jefferson County and lies 399 miles [642.1 km]<1> to the east of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Alton.
    • California
      • Humboldt County
      • This Alton is located in Humboldt County and lies 1,741 miles [2,801.9 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Humboldt County community of Alton.
    • Florida
      • Lafayette County
      • This Alton is located in Lafayette County and lies 659 miles [1,060.6 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lafayette County community of Alton.
    • Georgia
      • Milton County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Alton [Milton County].
      • Tattnall County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Alton [Tattnall County].
    • Idaho
      • Bear Lake County
      • This Alton is located in Bear Lake County and lies 1,125 miles [1,810.5 km]<1> to the northwest of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bear Lake County community of Alton.
    • Illinois
      • Madison County
      • This Alton is located in Madison County and lies 414 miles [666.3 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Madison County community of Alton.
    • Indiana
      • Crawford County
      • This Alton is located in Crawford County and lies 509 miles [819.2 km]<1> to the northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Crawford County community of Alton.
    • Iowa
      • Sioux County
      • This Alton is located in Sioux County and lies 663 miles [1,067 km]<1> to the north of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sioux County community of Alton.
    • Kansas
      • Lyon County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Alton [Lyon County].
      • Osborne County
      • This Alton is located in Osborne County and lies 504 miles [811.1 km]<1> to the northwest of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Osborne County community of Alton.
      • Sumner County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Alton [Sumner County].
    • Kentucky
      • Anderson County
      • This Alton is located in Anderson County and lies 576 miles [927 km]<1> to the northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Anderson County community of Alton.
    • Louisiana
      • Concordia Parish
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Louisiana community of Alton [Concordia Parish].
      • Saint Tammany Parish
      • This Alton is located in Saint Tammany Parish and lies 316 miles [508.6 km]<1> to the southeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Tammany Parish community of Alton.
    • Maine
      • Penobscot County
      • This Alton is located in Penobscot County and lies 1,537 miles [2,473.6 km]<1> to the northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Penobscot County community of Alton.
    • Michigan
      • Delta County
      • This Alton is located in Delta County and lies 921 miles [1,482.2 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Delta County community of Alton.
      • Kent County
      • This Alton is located in Kent County and lies 789 miles [1,269.8 km] to the north northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kent County community of Alton.
    • Minnesota
      • Faribault County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Minnesota community of Alton [Faribault County].
    • Missouri
      • Oregon County
      • This Alton is located in Oregon County and lies 249 miles [400.7 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Oregon County community of Alton.
    • Montana
      • Glacier County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Glacier County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Glacier County community of Alton.
    • New Hampshire
      • Belknap County
      • This Alton is located in Belknap County and lies 1,381 miles [2,222.5 km]<1> to the northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Belknap County community of Alton.
    • New York
      • Wayne County
      • This Alton is located in Wayne County and lies 1,115 miles [1,794.4 km]<1> to the northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wayne County community of Alton.
    • North Carolina
      • Union County
      • This Alton is located in Union County and lies 749 miles [1,205.4 km]<1> to the east of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Union County community of Alton.
    • North Dakota
      • Traill County
      • This Alton is located in Traill County and lies 969 miles [1,559.5 km]<1> to the north of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Traill County community of Alton.
    • Nova Scotia
      • This Alton lies 1,790 miles [2,880.7 km]<1> to the northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
    • Ohio
      • Franklin County
      • This Alton is located in Franklin County and lies 724 miles [1,165.2 km]<1> to the northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Franklin County community of Alton.
    • Ontario
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ontario community of Alton.
    • Pennsylvania
      • McKean County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Pennsylvania community of Alton [McKean County].
    • Rhode Island
      • Washington County
      • This Alton is located in Washington County and lies 1,310 miles [2,108.2 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Alton.
    • Texas
      • Denton County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Denton County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Denton County community of Alton.
      • Hidalgo County
      • This Alton is located in Hidalgo County and lies 576 miles [927 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hidalgo County community of Alton.
    • Utah
      • Kane County
      • This Alton is located in Kane County and lies 1,093 miles [1,759 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kane County community of Alton.
    • Virginia
      • Halifax County
      • This Alton is located in Halifax County and lies 849 miles [1,366.3 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Halifax County community of Alton.
    • West Virginia
      • Upshur County
      • This Alton is located in Upshur County and lies 827 miles [1,330.9 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Alton that is located in Hempstead County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Upshur County community of Alton.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alton ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Centerville [Hempstead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Centerville
    • Centerville [Hempstead County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Centerville
  • Evening Shade [Hempstead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evening Shade
    • Evening Shade [Hempstead County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Alton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evening Shade have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evening Shade
  • Green Acres [Hempstead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Acres
    • Green Acres [Hempstead County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Alton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Acres have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Acres
  • Guernsey [Hempstead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Guernsey
    • Guernsey [Hempstead County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Guernsey have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Guernsey
  • Continue List   (8 more) ...
    • Hennessey [Hempstead County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hennessey
      • Hennessey [Hempstead County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hennessey have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hope [Hempstead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hope
      • Hope [Hempstead County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 9,599 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hope<5>
    • Mount Pleasant [Nevada County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Pleasant
      • Mount Pleasant [Nevada County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Pleasant have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Pleasant
    • Perrytown [Hempstead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Perrytown
      • Perrytown [Hempstead County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 259 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Perrytown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Perrytown
    • Piney Grove [Lafayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piney Grove
      • Piney Grove [Lafayette County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Piney Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piney Grove
    • Register [Nevada County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Register
      • Register [Nevada County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Register have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Rocky Mound [Hempstead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rocky Mound
      • Rocky Mound [Hempstead County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rocky Mound have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rocky Mound
    • Wafers Crossing [Hempstead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wafers Crossing
      • Wafers Crossing [Hempstead County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wafers Crossing have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wafers Crossing

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Alton. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Bill Clinton     (42nd President of the US (1993 - 2001))
      • 42nd President of the US (1993 - 2001). He was born in Hope (Arkansas) on Monday August 19, 1946
      • Hope is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Alton.
    • Travis Calvin 'Stonewall' Jackson     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Waldo (Arkansas) on Monday November 2, 1903 and died in Waldo (Arkansas) on Monday July 27, 1987 at the age of 83. He is buried at Waldo Cemetery (Columbia County, Arkansas).
      • Waldo is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Alton.
      • Waldo is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Alton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Travis Calvin 'Stonewall' Jackson<6>
    • Edwin Lee 'Eddie' Mathews     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Texarkana (Texas) on Tueday October 13, 1931 and died in La Jolla (California) on Sunday February 18, 2001 at the age of 69. He is buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California).
      • Texarkana is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Alton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edwin Lee 'Eddie' Mathews<6>

How Far From Alton to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers 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 and using the location of where the historic community of Alton once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Alton and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Hope, which is the Seat of Hempstead County and lies just to the North.
    • Little Rock, which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 111 miles [178.6 km]<1> to the northeast (NE). If you could drive a straight line from Alton to Little Rock, with an average speed<7>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 991 miles [1,594.9 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 39 days and walking would take 57 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,822 miles [10,978.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,550 miles [12,150.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,426 miles [8,732.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Arkansas: https://portal.arkansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5626, Longitude: -93.5899       In this case, the coordinates for Alton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Alton could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. 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 - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>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.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<7>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.
<8>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.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 317.92 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.221 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.137 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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