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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Alto, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alto and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Alto:
    • 44.329868, -100.127521
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Alto
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Alto ...

We found eighteen communities that share the name Alto.

There is one other community in South Dakota which is also named Alto.

Beyond South Dakota, we know of another seventeen communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Located In 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].
  • 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
      • This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Arizona community of Alto [Santa Cruz County].
    • Arkansas
      • Poinsett County
      • This Alto is located in Poinsett County and lies 795 miles [1,279.4 km]<3> to the southeast of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Poinsett County community of Alto.
    • California
      • Marin County
      • This Alto is located in Marin County and lies 1,241 miles [1,997.2 km]<3> to the west southwest of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Marin County community of Alto.
    • Florida
      • Sumter 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 Florida community of Alto [Sumter County].
    • Georgia
      • Habersham County
      • This Alto is located in Habersham County and lies 1,111 miles [1,788 km]<3> to the east southeast of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Habersham County community of Alto.
    • Indiana
      • Howard County
      • This Alto is located in Howard County and lies 759 miles [1,221.5 km]<3> to the east southeast of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Howard County community of Alto.
    • Louisiana
      • Richland Parish
      • This Alto is located in Richland Parish and lies 938 miles [1,509.6 km]<3> to the south southeast of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Richland Parish community of Alto.
    • Michigan
      • Kent County
      • This Alto is located in Kent County and lies 743 miles [1,195.7 km]<3> to the east of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kent County community of Alto.
    • Mississippi
      • Jasper County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Jasper County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jasper County community of Alto.
    • New Mexico
      • Lincoln County
      • This Alto is located in Lincoln County and lies 810 miles [1,303.6 km]<3> to the south southwest of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lincoln County community of Alto.
    • 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].
    • Tennessee
      • Franklin County
      • This Alto is located in Franklin County and lies 975 miles [1,569.1 km]<3> to the southeast of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Franklin County community of Alto.
    • Texas
      • Cherokee County
      • This Alto is located in Cherokee County and lies 917 miles [1,475.8 km]<3> to the south southeast of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cherokee County community of Alto.
    • Virginia
      • Amherst County
      • This Alto is located in Amherst County and lies 1,174 miles [1,889.4 km]<3> to the east southeast of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Amherst County community of Alto.
    • Washington
      • Columbia County
      • This Alto is located in Columbia County and lies 882 miles [1,419.4 km]<3> to the west northwest of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Columbia County community of Alto.
    • Wisconsin
      • Fond du Lac County
      • This Alto is located in Fond du Lac County and lies 564 miles [907.7 km]<3> to the east of the Alto that is located in Hughes County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fond du Lac County community of Alto.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alto ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Blunt
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Canning
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canning have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canning
    • Canning is located in Hughes County
  • Gray Goose
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gray Goose have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gray Goose
    • Gray Goose is located in Hughes County
  • Holabird
    (29 miles [46.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holabird have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holabird
    • Holabird is located in Hyde County
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Holabird <4>
  • Lacy
    (30 miles [48.3 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lacy have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lacy
    • Lacy is located in Stanley County
    • Estimated population in 2014: 66 people

How Far From Alto to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Alto to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Alto and extending to:

  • Pierre, which is the Seat of Hughes County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<3> to the west northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Alto to Pierre, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Pierre, which is the State Capital of South Dakota, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the west northwest (WNW). The buggy would take a little over three hours and walking would take four to five hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,244 miles [2,002 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three full days, a buggy would take 49 days and walking would take 71 days.
  • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,470 miles [10,412.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,232 miles [11,638.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,164 miles [8,310.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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

The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/

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>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 Alto, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alto) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alto. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.3299, Longitude: -100.1275    
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<7>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Alto to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 323.234 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 321.731 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.59 degrees.









 

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