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Do you know of Alto ???

This page is an orphan - a placeholder until we can discover more about Alto. When we encounter a name that is new to us, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope that we'll discover more information in the future. Such is the case with Alto.

Our sources for Alto (see Mentions and References below) indicate that it was a community with a post office by the same name. Unfortunately our sources aren't clear about the location of Alto other than they indicate that Alto would be found somewhere in Sumter County, Florida.

From the Blevins / Hellbock List: The post office opened  in 1888 and closed  in 1905.

This entry could have originated in error. It might be that a source had a misprint, was simply wrong or we made a transcription error while referencing it. Many of the documents we reference are from the 1800s and the early 1900s, with some easier to read than others.

Part of the difficulty in identifying whether a name is a post office or a community lies with how Post Offices were named. We've prepared an article with our understanding of how post offices were named: Naming of Post Offices.

Communities Also Named Alto ...

We found eighteen communities that share the name Alto.

Within Florida, the name Alto is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Jackson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Alabama community of Alto [Jackson County].
    • Arizona
      • Santa Cruz County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Arizona community of Alto [Santa Cruz County].
    • Arkansas
      • Poinsett County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Arkansas community of Alto [Poinsett County].
    • California
      • Marin County
      • Please visit our profile page for the California community of Alto [Marin County].
    • Georgia
      • Habersham County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Alto [Habersham County].
    • Indiana
      • Howard County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Indiana community of Alto [Howard County].
    • Louisiana
      • Richland Parish
      • Please visit our profile page for the Louisiana community of Alto [Richland Parish].
    • Michigan
      • Kent County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Alto [Kent County].
    • Mississippi
      • Jasper County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Mississippi community of Alto [Jasper County].
    • New Mexico
      • Lincoln County
      • Please visit our profile page for the New Mexico community of Alto [Lincoln County].
    • North Carolina
      • Buncombe County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Carolina community of Alto [Buncombe County].
    • South Dakota
      • Codington County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the South Dakota community of Alto [Codington County].
      • Hughes County
      • Please visit our profile page for the South Dakota community of Alto [Hughes County].
    • Tennessee
      • Franklin County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Tennessee community of Alto [Franklin County].
    • Texas
      • Cherokee County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Texas community of Alto [Cherokee County].
    • Virginia
      • Amherst County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Virginia community of Alto [Amherst County].
    • Washington
      • Columbia County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Washington community of Alto [Columbia County].
    • Wisconsin
      • Fond du Lac County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Wisconsin community of Alto [Fond du Lac County].

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Alto ...

We've created the following list to keep track of the sources that proved useful in adding to our knowledge about Alto:

Found in a comprehensive list of Post Offices that was created by Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<2>

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

A note taken from the Shipper's Guide for Alto - Services available: had a Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

More Orphans in  Sumter County ...

Can you help?

As we explained above, when we encounter a name that might be a community or a post office we add it to our Gazetteer. If we have little information to go with the name, we call them Orphans. Below are Orphans that we believe to be located in Sumter County.

Cedar Hammock 
Centre HillPanasoffkee
 Pemberton
Grandview 
 Sumterville Junction
Helena 
 Warnell
Massacre 

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Alto 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.
<2>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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