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Alton, California

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Welcome to Alton ...

Alton is located in Humboldt County<1>.

When the people of Alton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Altonian<2>

Alton is 60 feet [18 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Alton lies within the (707) area code.

Communities Also Named Alton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 37 communities that are also named Alton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia (2), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario (3), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas (2), Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

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

Communities near Alton ...

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

  • Eureka [Humboldt County]
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    • Eureka [Humboldt County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<4> to the north of Alton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,652 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eureka<5>
  • Fortuna [Humboldt County]
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    • Fortuna [Humboldt County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<4> to the north of Alton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,107 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fortuna<5>
  • Rio Dell [Humboldt County]
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    • Rio Dell [Humboldt County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<4> to the southeast of Alton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,439 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rio Dell<5>
  • Ferndale [Humboldt County]
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    • Ferndale [Humboldt County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<4> to the west of Alton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,362 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ferndale<5>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Carlotta [Humboldt County]
    • Scotia [Humboldt County]
    • Loleta [Humboldt County]
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      • Loleta [Humboldt County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<4> to the northwest of Alton
      • Former name for Loleta:
      • Swauger's Station
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Loleta<5>
    • Port Kenyon [Humboldt County]
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      • Port Kenyon [Humboldt County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<4> to the northwest of Alton
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    • Table Bluff [Humboldt County]
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      • Table Bluff [Humboldt County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<4> to the northwest of Alton
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    • Falk [Humboldt County] - Historic
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      • Falk [Humboldt County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<4> to the north of Alton
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Falk. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<6>

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 Alton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alton. 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 Alton.

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alton ...

Looking for more information about Alton? 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Alton, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Alton.

Adding Alton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Alton 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 Alton was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Alton on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for California (1956).

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

Mentions & References for Alton

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Humboldt, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Alton refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Alton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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.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 AltonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.5485, Longitude: -124.1407    
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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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