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Welcome to Alton ...

The city of Alton is located in Osborne County<1>.

The location of Alton has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Alton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Altonian<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Alton has a population of 91 people<4> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Alton.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Alton: Named after Alton, Illinois (IL).

The city of Alton was previously named Bull's City. Before Bull's City, it was named Bull City. For more information about the names of Alton, see The Names of Alton on our Genealogy Page.

Alton is 1,640 feet [500 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Alton lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alton is within the boundaries of the (785) area code.

The ZIP code for Alton: 67623<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Alton had an population of 91 people. This is a decrease of 11.65% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 22.22% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Alton had a population of 103 people. This makes Alton the county's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 103 people, the population of Alton decreased 11.97% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 117 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Alton.

Adding Alton to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

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, we also found mention of Alton elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Alton on a Rand McNally Map of Kansas (1911).

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

Communities Also Named Alton ...

While we believe that this Alton is located in Osborne County, we know of another 2 Kansas communities named Alton. Those communities are located in the following counties: Lyon and Sumner County.

Beyond Kansas, there are 37 communities that are also named Alton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia (2), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, 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.

  • Osborne [Osborne County]
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    • Osborne [Osborne County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the east of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,272 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<8>
  • Stockton [Rooks County]
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    • Stockton [Rooks County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the west of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,257 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stockton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Former name for Stockton:
    • Stocktown
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stockton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stockton<8>
  • Natoma [Osborne County]
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    • Natoma [Osborne County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the south of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 295 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<8>
  • Kirwin [Phillips County]
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    • Kirwin [Phillips County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the northwest of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 156 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kirwin
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kirwin<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Woodston [Rooks County]
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      • Woodston [Rooks County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the west of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 129 people
      • Woodston has also been known as:
      • Woodston Saw
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodston<8>
    • Gaylord [Smith County]
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      • Gaylord [Smith County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the northeast of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 105 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<8>
    • Portis [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portis
      • Portis [Osborne County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the northeast of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 91 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Portis have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Portis:
      • Bethany
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    • Cedar [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar
      • Cedar [Smith County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the north of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 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
    • Bloomington [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bloomington
      • Bloomington [Osborne County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the east of Alton
      • Former name for Bloomington:
      • Tilden
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    • Harlan [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harlan
      • Harlan [Smith County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the northeast of Alton
      • Former name for Harlan:
      • Thompson
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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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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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>If you're interested in how the shape of Kansas' counties, including Osborne, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<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>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 city'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.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Alton.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>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 city (such as Alton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Alton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alton

Our 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).
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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