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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.

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 hospitals 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 Traill County.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Traill County: Norman (MN), Polk (MN), Cass, Grand Forks & Steele.

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:

  • Traill County     (The home county of Alton)
    • Kelso [Traill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kelso
      • Kelso [Traill County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kelso
    • Hillsboro [Traill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillsboro
      • Hillsboro [Traill County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,624 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillsboro have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillsboro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hillsboro<3>
    • Blanchard [Traill County]
    • Caledonia [Traill County]
    • Cummings [Traill County]
    • Mayville [Traill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mayville
      • Mayville [Traill County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,781 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mayville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mayville<3>
    • Buxton [Traill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buxton
      • Buxton [Traill County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 316 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buxton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buxton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buxton<3>
    • Clifford [Traill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifford
      • Clifford [Traill County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 43 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clifford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clifford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clifford<3>
    • Galesburg [Traill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Galesburg
      • Galesburg [Traill County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 101 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Galesburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galesburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Galesburg<3>
    • Roseville [Traill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roseville
      • Roseville [Traill County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roseville
    • Portland [Traill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portland
      • Portland [Traill County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 585 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Portland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Portland<3>
    • Reynolds [Traill County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reynolds
      • Reynolds [Traill County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 299 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reynolds have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reynolds
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reynolds<3>
  • Barnes County
    • Pillsbury [Barnes County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pillsbury
      • Pillsbury [Barnes County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pillsbury have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pillsbury
  • Cass County
    • Grandin [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grandin
      • Grandin [Cass County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 171 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grandin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grandin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grandin<3>
    • Hunter [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hunter
      • Hunter [Cass County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 251 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>
    • Gardner [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gardner
      • Gardner [Cass County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 73 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gardner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gardner
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gardner<3>
    • Arthur [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arthur
      • Arthur [Cass County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 334 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arthur
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arthur<3>
    • Argusville [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Argusville
      • Argusville [Cass County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 467 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Argusville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Argusville
    • Erie [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Erie
      • Erie [Cass County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Erie have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Erie
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Erie<3>
    • Amenia [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amenia
      • Amenia [Cass County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 96 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amenia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Amenia<3>
    • Harwood [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harwood
      • Harwood [Cass County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 835 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harwood<3>
    • Nolan [Cass County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nolan
      • Nolan [Cass County] was located 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nolan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Page [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Page
      • Page [Cass County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 229 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Page have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Page
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Page<3>
    • Absaraka [Cass County]
    • Ayr [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ayr
      • Ayr [Cass County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 16 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ayr have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ayr
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ayr<3>
  • Grand Forks County
    • Holmes [Grand Forks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holmes
      • Holmes [Grand Forks County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holmes have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holmes
    • Thompson [Grand Forks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thompson
      • Thompson [Grand Forks County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,027 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thompson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thompson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thompson<3>
    • Northwood [Grand Forks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Northwood
      • Northwood [Grand Forks County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 884 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Northwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Northwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Northwood<3>
    • Grand Forks [Grand Forks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grand Forks
      • Grand Forks [Grand Forks County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 55,950 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grand Forks
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grand Forks<3>
  • Steele County
    • Hope [Steele County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hope
      • Hope [Steele County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 250 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hope<3>
    • Finley [Steele County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Finley
      • Finley [Steele County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 413 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Finley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Finley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Finley<3>
  • Clay County (MN)
    • Georgetown [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Georgetown
      • Georgetown [Clay County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 126 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Georgetown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Georgetown
    • Kragnes [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kragnes
      • Kragnes [Clay County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kragnes
    • Felton [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Felton
      • Felton [Clay County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 171 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Felton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Felton<3>
    • Dilworth [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dilworth
      • Dilworth [Clay County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,452 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dilworth have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dilworth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dilworth<3>
    • Moorhead [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moorhead
      • Moorhead [Clay County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 44,016 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moorhead have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moorhead
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moorhead<3>
    • Glyndon [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glyndon
      • Glyndon [Clay County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,385 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glyndon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glyndon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glyndon<3>
  • Norman County (MN)
    • Halstad [Norman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halstad
      • Halstad [Norman County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 548 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Halstad have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halstad
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Halstad<3>
    • Shelly [Norman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shelly
      • Shelly [Norman County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 178 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shelly have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelly
    • Hendrum [Norman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hendrum
      • Hendrum [Norman County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 282 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hendrum have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hendrum
    • Perley [Norman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Perley
      • Perley [Norman County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 83 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Perley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Perley
    • Ada [Norman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ada
      • Ada [Norman County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,556 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ada have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ada
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ada<3>
    • Borup [Norman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Borup
      • Borup [Norman County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 103 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Borup have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Borup
    • Gary [Norman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gary
      • Gary [Norman County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 201 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gary have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gary
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gary<3>
    • Twin Valley [Norman County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twin Valley
      • Twin Valley [Norman County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 750 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Twin Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Twin Valley
  • Polk County (MN)
    • Nielsville [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nielsville
      • Nielsville [Polk County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 82 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nielsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nielsville
    • Climax [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Climax
      • Climax [Polk County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 261 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Climax have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Climax
    • Beltrami [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beltrami
      • Beltrami [Polk County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 99 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beltrami have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beltrami
    • Fisher [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fisher
      • Fisher [Polk County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 410 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fisher have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fisher
    • Crookston [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crookston
      • Crookston [Polk County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,631 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crookston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crookston<3>
    • Fertile [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fertile
      • Fertile [Polk County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 806 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fertile
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fertile<3>
    • East Grand Forks [Polk County]

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 57 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 39 miles [62.8 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 Minnesota
    • Stories from North Dakota

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.

  • Lynn Elton Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lynn Elton Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lynn Elton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynn Elton Cemetery
  • Bohnsack Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bohnsack Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bohnsack Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bohnsack Cemetery
  • Riverside Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Riverside Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Riverside Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverside Cemetery
  • Immanuel Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Immanuel Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Immanuel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Immanuel Cemetery
  • Elmwood Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Elmwood Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Elmwood Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elmwood Cemetery
  • St. Rose Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Rose Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Rose Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Rose Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Arnegard Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Arnegard Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Arnegard Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arnegard Cemetery
    • Grandin Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Grandin Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Grandin Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Grandin Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grandin Cemetery
    • Aal Lutheran Church Cemetery
    • Quincy Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Quincy Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Quincy Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Quincy Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quincy Cemetery
    • South Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the South Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the South Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • South Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Cemetery
    • North Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the North Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the North Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • North Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Cemetery
    • Cummings Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cummings Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cummings Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Cummings Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Alton.
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    • Immanuel Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Immanuel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Immanuel Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Alton.
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    • Carlson Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Carlson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Carlson Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton.
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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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Alton had railroad service and no post office.

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

  • Alton [Traill County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alton
    • Alton [Traill County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Alton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Alton had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Kelso [Traill County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kelso
    • Kelso [Traill County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 50 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Kelso had a post office and railroad service
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  • Hillsboro [Traill County]
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    • Hillsboro [Traill County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 715 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,624 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hillsboro had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillsboro have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Grandin [Cass County]
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    • Grandin [Cass County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 406 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 171 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Grandin had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grandin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Blanchard [Traill County]
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    • Blanchard [Traill County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 109 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Blanchard had a post office and railroad service
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blanchard<3>
  • Greenfield [Traill County]
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    • Greenfield [Traill County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Greenfield had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Continue List ...
    • Halstad [Norman County]
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      • Halstad [Norman County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 548 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Halstad had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Halstad have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Halstad<3>
    • Caledonia [Traill County]
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      • Caledonia [Traill County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 267 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Caledonia had a post office and no railroad service
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Caledonia<3>
    • Murray [Traill County]
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      • Murray [Traill County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Murray had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Murray have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Cummings [Traill County]
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      • Cummings [Traill County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 77 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Cummings had a post office and railroad service
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cummings<3>
    • Hendrum [Norman County]
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      • Hendrum [Norman County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 282 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hendrum had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hendrum have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Hunter [Cass County]
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      • Hunter [Cass County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 194 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 251 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Hunter had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hunter have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hunter<3>
    • Perley [Norman County]
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      • Perley [Norman County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 83 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Perley had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Perley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Nielsville [Polk County]
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      • Nielsville [Polk County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 82 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Nielsville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nielsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Mayville [Traill County]
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      • Mayville [Traill 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: 657 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,781 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Mayville had a post office and railroad service
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mayville<3>

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, no Post Office mentioned

Rand McNally Map of North Dakota (1897)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in North Dakota

About Traill County

About North Dakota

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 North Dakota: www.nd.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 drawn 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 for your convenience: 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: 47.3530, Longitude: -97.0452       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>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.
<5>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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