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Alta, California
(Placer County)

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Welcome to Alta ...

Alta is located in Placer County<1>.

Alta is 3,600 feet [1,097 m] above sea level.<2> In other words, the elevation of Alta is about ¾ mile [or ~1 km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Alta lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alta lies within the (530) area code.

The ZIP code for Alta: 95701<3>

Communities Also Named Alta ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two California communities named Alta: This one is located in Placer County and the other is located in San Diego County.

Beyond California, there are 21 communities that are also named Alta - they are located in Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Montana (2), North Dakota, Ohio (2), Tennessee, Utah (2), West Virginia (2) and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alta.

Communities near Alta ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alta.

  • Grass Valley [Nevada County]
  • Nevada City [Nevada County]
  • Colfax [Placer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colfax
    • Colfax [Placer County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<4> to the southwest of Alta
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,009 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colfax
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Colfax<5>
  • Secret Town [Placer County]
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    • Secret Town [Placer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<4> to the southwest of Alta
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Secret Town have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Secret Town
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    • You Bet [Nevada County] - Historic
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      • You Bet [Nevada County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<4> to the west of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for You Bet have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Iowa Hill [Placer County]
    • Scotts Flat [Nevada County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scotts Flat
      • Scotts Flat [Nevada County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<4> to the northwest of Alta
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scotts Flat
    • Bear Valley [Shasta County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bear Valley
      • Bear Valley [Shasta County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<4> to the northeast of Alta
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Bear Valley. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Chicago Park [Nevada County]
    • Chicago Park [Placer County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chicago Park
      • Chicago Park [Placer County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<4> to the southwest of Alta
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Chicago Park. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alta. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alta.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alta. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alta.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alta. See our Newspapers Page for Alta.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alta ...

Looking for more information about Alta? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Alta, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Alta.

Adding Alta to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Alta in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Alta was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Alta on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Placer, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alta - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Alta). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Alta or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. 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.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alta. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AltaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alta. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2070, Longitude: -120.8111    
<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 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.
<7>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.






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