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Welcome to Alto ...

Alto is located in Amherst County<1>.

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

Alto is 2,230 feet [680 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Alto is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Alto lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alto is within the boundaries of the (434) area code.

Adding Alto 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 Alto 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 Alto elsewhere: The earliest map where we found it was on a Rand McNally Map of Virginia (1911).

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

Communities Also Named Alto ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 18 communities that are also named Alto - they are located in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota (2), Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alto.

Communities near Alto ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alto.

  • Lexington [Lexington City]
  • Buena Vista [Buena Vista City]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buena Vista
    • Buena Vista [Buena Vista City] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<4> to the west of Alto
    • Estimated population in 2019: 6,478 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buena Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buena Vista
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buena Vista<5>
  • Amherst [Amherst County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amherst
    • Amherst [Amherst County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<4> to the southeast of Alto
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,180 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amherst
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Amherst<5>
  • Glasgow [Rockbridge County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glasgow
    • Glasgow [Rockbridge County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<4> to the southwest of Alto
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,103 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glasgow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glasgow
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glasgow<5>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Forks of Buffalo [Amherst County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forks of Buffalo
      • Forks of Buffalo [Amherst County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<4> to the south of Alto
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forks of Buffalo
    • Marlbrook [Rockbridge County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marlbrook
      • Marlbrook [Rockbridge County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<4> to the north of Alto
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marlbrook
    • Fairfield [Rockbridge County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairfield
      • Fairfield [Rockbridge County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<4> to the northwest of Alto
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairfield
    • Lowesville [Amherst County]
    • Steeles Tavern [Augusta County]
    • Brownsburg [Rockbridge County]

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 Alto. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alto.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alto. 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 Alto.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alto. See our Newspapers Page for Alto.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alto ...

Looking for more information about Alto? 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 Alto, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Alto.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Virginia

About Amherst County

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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 Amherst County: www.countyofamherst.com/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Amherst, 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>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alto - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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 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: 37.7721, Longitude: -79.2278       In this case, the coordinates for Alto have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<5>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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