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Our Genealogy Helper for Alton ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Alton (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Alton. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for Alton ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

Over the years, Alton had several name changes:

  • Prior to its current name of Alton, it was known as Bull's City.
  • Before changing to Bull's City, it was named Bull City.

Another variation: Bull's City.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Alton is located in Osborne County.

To see how the shape of Kansas' counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Osborne County: Ellis, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Rooks, Russell & Smith.

Below are the counties that are near Alton. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Alton:

  • Osborne County     (The home county of Alton)
    • Bloomington [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bloomington
      • Bloomington [Osborne County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Former name for Bloomington:
      • Tilden
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
    • Osborne [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Osborne
      • Osborne [Osborne County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,280 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Osborne have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Osborne:
      • Penn
      • Osborne has also been known as:
      • Peru
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Osborne
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Osborne<3>
    • Portis [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portis
      • Portis [Osborne County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 92 people
      • Former name for Portis:
      • Bethany
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portis
    • Natoma [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Natoma
      • Natoma [Osborne County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 296 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Natoma have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Natoma:
      • Tapley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Natoma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Natoma<3>
    • Downs [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Downs
      • Downs [Osborne County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 818 people
      • Former name for Downs:
      • Violet
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Downs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Downs<3>
  • Graham County
    • Nicodemus [Graham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nicodemus
      • Nicodemus [Graham County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nicodemus have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nicodemus
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nicodemus<3>
    • Bogue [Graham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bogue
      • Bogue [Graham County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 131 people
      • Bogue has also been known as:
      • Wildhorse
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bogue
  • Jewell County
    • Esbon [Jewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Esbon
      • Esbon [Jewell County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 91 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Esbon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Esbon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Esbon<3>
  • Mitchell County
    • Tipton [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tipton
      • Tipton [Mitchell County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 189 people
      • Former name for Tipton:
      • Pittsburg
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tipton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tipton<3>
    • Cawker City [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cawker City
      • Cawker City [Mitchell County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 426 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cawker City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cawker City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cawker City<3>
    • Hunter [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hunter
      • Hunter [Mitchell County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 53 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hunter have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hunter
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hunter<3>
    • Glen Elder [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Elder
      • Glen Elder [Mitchell County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 420 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen Elder have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Elder
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glen Elder<3>
  • Phillips County
    • Kirwin [Phillips County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kirwin
      • Kirwin [Phillips County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 154 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kirwin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kirwin<3>
    • Agra [Phillips County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Agra
      • Agra [Phillips County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 238 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Agra
    • Glade [Phillips County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glade
      • Glade [Phillips County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 89 people
      • Former name for Glade:
      • Marvin
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glade
    • Phillipsburg [Phillips County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Phillipsburg
      • Phillipsburg [Phillips County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,420 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Phillipsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Phillipsburg:
      • Phillipsburgh
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Phillipsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Phillipsburg<3>
    • Speed [Phillips County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Speed
      • Speed [Phillips County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 34 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Speed have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Speed
    • Logan [Phillips County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Logan
      • Logan [Phillips County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 529 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Logan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Logan:
      • Deeversville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Logan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Logan<3>
  • Rooks County
    • Woodston [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodston
      • Woodston [Rooks County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 126 people
      • Woodston has also been known as:
      • Woodston Saw
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodston<3>
    • Stockton [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stockton
      • Stockton [Rooks County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,234 people
      • Former name for Stockton:
      • Stocktown
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stockton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stockton<3>
    • Codell [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Codell
      • Codell [Rooks County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Former name for Codell:
      • Florreyville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Codell
    • Plainville [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plainville
      • Plainville [Rooks County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,768 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plainville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plainville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plainville<3>
    • Zurich [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zurich
      • Zurich [Rooks County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 94 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zurich have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zurich
    • Palco [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palco
      • Palco [Rooks County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 262 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palco
    • Damar [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Damar
      • Damar [Rooks County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 123 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Damar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Damar
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Damar<3>
  • Russell County
    • Paradise [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paradise
      • Paradise [Russell County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 48 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paradise have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paradise
    • Waldo [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waldo
      • Waldo [Russell County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 29 people
      • Former name for Waldo:
      • Pleasant Run
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waldo
    • Luray [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Luray
      • Luray [Russell County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 182 people
      • Former name for Luray:
      • Lura
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Luray
    • Lucas [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lucas
      • Lucas [Russell County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 390 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lucas
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lucas<3>
    • Gorham [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gorham
      • Gorham [Russell County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 336 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gorham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gorham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gorham<3>
    • Russell [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Russell
      • Russell [Russell County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,383 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Russell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Russell<3>
  • Smith County
    • Cedar [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar
      • Cedar [Smith County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 13 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Cedar:
      • Cedarville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar
    • Gaylord [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gaylord
      • Gaylord [Smith County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 104 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gaylord have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gaylord
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gaylord<3>
    • Harlan [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harlan
      • Harlan [Smith County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Former name for Harlan:
      • Thompson
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harlan
    • Claudell [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Claudell
      • Claudell [Smith County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Claudell
    • Athol [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Athol
      • Athol [Smith County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 40 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athol
    • Kensington [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kensington
      • Kensington [Smith County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 433 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kensington
    • Smith Center [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smith Center
      • Smith Center [Smith County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,553 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smith Center have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smith Center
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Smith Center<3>
    • Dispatch [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dispatch
      • Dispatch [Smith County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dispatch
    • Bellaire [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bellaire
      • Bellaire [Smith County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bellaire
    • Lebanon [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lebanon
      • Lebanon [Smith County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 195 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lebanon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lebanon<3>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Alton, see our County-by-County Page for Alton.

Newspapers Published in Alton ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 223 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alton, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alton.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Alton:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Kansas

Cemeteries Near Alton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alton.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Alton covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Sumner Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sumner Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sumner Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sumner Cemetery
  • Pioneer Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pioneer Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pioneer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pioneer Cemetery
  • Pleasant Valley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pleasant Valley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pleasant Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Valley Cemetery
  • Grant Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Grant Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Grant Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grant Cemetery
  • Mt. Ayr Cemetery
  • Spring Branch Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Spring Branch Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spring Branch Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Spring Branch Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Branch Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Mt. Hope Cemetery
    • Bloomington Cemetery
    • Butler Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Butler Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Butler Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Butler Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Butler Cemetery
    • Leasburg Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Leasburg Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Leasburg Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Leasburg Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leasburg Cemetery
    • Ash Rock Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ash Rock Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ash Rock Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ash Rock Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ash Rock Cemetery
    • Woodstown Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Woodstown Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Woodstown Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Woodstown Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodstown Cemetery
    • Pleasant Plain Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pleasant Plain Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pleasant Plain Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Pleasant Plain Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Plain Cemetery
    • Survey Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Survey Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Survey Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Survey Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Survey Cemetery
    • Bohemian Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bohemian Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bohemian Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Bohemian Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bohemian Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Alton had a population of 338 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Alton had a population of 92 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Alton, with the one closest to Alton listed first.

  • Alton [Osborne County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alton
    • Alton [Osborne County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 338 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 92 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Alton had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Former names for Alton:
    • Bull City
    • Bull's City
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
  • Bloomington [Osborne County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bloomington
    • Bloomington [Osborne County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 88 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bloomington had a post office and railroad service
    • Former name for Bloomington:
    • Tilden
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
  • Woodston [Rooks County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodston
    • Woodston [Rooks County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Alton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 126 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Woodston had a post office and railroad service
    • Woodston has also been known as:
    • Woodston Saw
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodston<3>
  • Osborne [Osborne County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Osborne
    • Osborne [Osborne County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,174 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,280 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Osborne had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Osborne have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Former name for Osborne:
    • Penn
    • Osborne has also been known as:
    • Peru
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  • Harlan [Smith County]
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    • Harlan [Smith County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 100 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Harlan had a post office and railroad service
    • Former name for Harlan:
    • Thompson
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  • Gaylord [Smith County]
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    • Gaylord [Smith County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 314 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 104 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Gaylord had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gaylord have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Cedar [Smith County]
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      • Cedar [Smith County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 13 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cedar had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Cedar:
      • Cedarville
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    • Laton [Rooks County]
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      • Laton [Rooks County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Laton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Laton:
      • Eagle Creek
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    • Covert [Osborne County]
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      • Covert [Osborne County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Covert had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Covert have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Portis [Osborne County]
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      • Portis [Osborne County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 92 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Portis had a post office and railroad service
      • Former name for Portis:
      • Bethany
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    • Kirwin [Phillips County]
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      • Kirwin [Phillips County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 689 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 154 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Kirwin had a post office and railroad service
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    • Stockton [Rooks County]
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      • Stockton [Rooks County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 880 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,234 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Stockton had a post office and railroad service
      • Former name for Stockton:
      • Stocktown
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    • Natoma [Osborne County]
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      • Natoma [Osborne County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 296 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Natoma had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Natoma have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Natoma:
      • Tapley
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    • Athol [Smith County]
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      • Athol [Smith County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 40 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Athol had a post office and railroad service
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    • Kensington [Smith County]
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      • Kensington [Smith County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 433 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Kensington had a post office and railroad service
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We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Alton. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alton.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Alton ...

While our initial data about Alton came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Alton in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Alton.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Alton:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Rand McNally Map of Kansas (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

We have found Alton in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Alton for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Alton. See our Misc Page for Alton for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Kansas: https://portal.kansas.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.If you need the driving distance, 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: 39.4678, Longitude: -98.9486       In this case, the coordinates for Alton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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