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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 Alta, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alta 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 Alta:
    • 39.207002, -120.811148
    • 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 Alta
  • 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 Alta ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Alta.

There is one other community in California which is also named Alta.

Beyond California, we know of another twenty communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Located In California ...
    • San Diego County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the California community of Alta [San Diego County].
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Fayette County
      • This Alta is located in Fayette County and lies 1,876 miles [3,019.1 km]<2> to the east of the Alta that is located in Placer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fayette County community of Alta.
    • Colorado
      • San Miguel County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Colorado community of Alta [San Miguel County].
    • Illinois
      • Peoria County
      • This Alta is located in Peoria County and lies 1,643 miles [2,644.2 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Alta that is located in Placer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Peoria County community of Alta.
    • Indiana
      • Vermillion County
      • This Alta is located in Vermillion County and lies 1,771 miles [2,850.1 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Alta that is located in Placer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Vermillion County community of Alta.
    • Iowa
      • Buena Vista County
      • This Alta is located in Buena Vista County and lies 1,346 miles [2,166.2 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Alta that is located in Placer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Buena Vista County community of Alta.
    • Kansas
      • Harvey County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Alta [Harvey County].
      • Jewell 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 Alta [Jewell County].
      • Johnson 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 Alta [Johnson County].
    • Kentucky
      • Ohio County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Alta [Ohio County].
    • Montana
      • Jefferson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Montana community of Alta [Jefferson County].
      • Ravalli County
      • This Alta is located in Ravalli County and lies 552 miles [888.4 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Alta that is located in Placer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ravalli County community of Alta.
    • North Dakota
      • Barnes County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Dakota community of Alta [Barnes County].
    • Ohio
      • Highland County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ohio community of Alta [Highland County].
      • Richland County
      • This Alta is located in Richland County and lies 2,010 miles [3,234.8 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Alta that is located in Placer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Richland County community of Alta.
    • Tennessee
      • Shelby County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Tennessee community of Alta [Shelby County].
    • Utah
      • Salt Lake County
      • This Alta is located in Salt Lake County and lies 494 miles [795 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Alta that is located in Placer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Salt Lake County community of Alta.
      • Wasatch County
      • This community is historic<1> and although located in Wasatch County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wasatch County community of Alta.
    • West Virginia
      • Fayette County
      • This Alta is located in Fayette County and lies 2,119 miles [3,410.2 km]<2> to the east of the Alta that is located in Placer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fayette County community of Alta.
      • Greenbrier County
      • This Alta is located in Greenbrier County and lies 2,158 miles [3,473 km] to the east of the Alta that is located in Placer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Greenbrier County community of Alta.
    • Wyoming
      • Teton County
      • This Alta is located in Teton County and lies 594 miles [956 km]<2> to the northeast of the Alta that is located in Placer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Teton County community of Alta.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alta ...

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.

  • Democrat [Nevada County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Democrat
    • Democrat [Nevada County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the north of Alta
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Democrat have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Drum [Placer County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Drum
    • Drum [Placer County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northeast of Alta
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Drum have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Dutch Flat [Placer County]
  • Forebay [Placer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forebay
    • Forebay [Placer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northeast of Alta
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forebay have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forebay
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    • Gold Run [Placer County]
    • Hunts Hill [Nevada County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hunts Hill
      • Hunts Hill [Nevada County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the west of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hunts Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Little York [Nevada County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little York
      • Little York [Nevada County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the west of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Little York have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Midas [Placer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Midas
      • Midas [Placer County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the east of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Midas have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Midas
    • Rawhide [Placer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rawhide
      • Rawhide [Placer County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rawhide have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rawhide
    • Red Dog [Nevada County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Dog
      • Red Dog [Nevada County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the west of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Dog have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Dog
    • Secret Town [Placer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Secret Town
      • Secret Town [Placer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Secret Town have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Secret Town
    • Steeplehollow Crossing [Nevada County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Steeplehollow Crossing
      • Steeplehollow Crossing [Nevada County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the west of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Steeplehollow Crossing have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Steeplehollow Crossing
    • You Bet [Nevada County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for You Bet
      • You Bet [Nevada County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the west of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for You Bet have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.

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 Alta. 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 ...
    • George Goodfellow     (Medical pioneer)
    • Josiah Royce     (Historian, philosopher)
      • Historian, philosopher. He was born in Grass Valley (CA) on November 20, 1855 (a Tueday) and died in Cambridge (MA) on September 14, 1916 (a Thursday) at the age of 60. He is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Grass Valley is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Alta.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Josiah Royce<6>
    • Clint Walker     (Actor, singer)
      • Full name: Norman Eugene Walker
      • Actor, singer. He was born in Hartford (IL) on May 30, 1927 (a Monday) and died in Grass Valley (CA) on May 21, 2018 (a Monday) at the age of 91. The body was cremated.
      • Grass Valley is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Alta.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clint Walker<6>

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 beginning in Alta and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Auburn, which is the Seat of Placer County and lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Alta to Auburn, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
    • Sacramento, which is the State Capital of California, lies 56 miles [90.1 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 2,323 miles [3,738.5 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 91 days and walking would take 132 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 7,292 miles [11,735.3 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 8,059 miles [12,969.7 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 6,108 miles [9,829.9 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of California

About Placer County

About California

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.

The official website for Placer County: www.placer.ca.gov/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or 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, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alta. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: 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    
<3>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 Alta 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.
<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 Alta 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 339.001 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 339.785 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.168 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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