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1890 Communities Near Alta ...

We largely 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. Over time, we will continue to add communities that we find during on-going research.

We largely 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. Over time, we will continue to add communities that we find during on-going research.

If it applies, we indicate whether a community no longer exists and is now historic.<1>

While we didn't find Alta in the Atlas, the following communities of the 1890's would have been found near the current location of Alta.

Albion   (Nicholas County) - Historic       [Map]  
 - While Albion was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the East (E) from Alta
 - Albion had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ansted   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Alta
 - Ansted had a post office and no railroad service
 
Beckwith   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Beckwith had a post office and no railroad service
 
Belva   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Alta
 - Belva had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cotton Hill   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Cotton Hill had a post office and railroad service
 
Crescent   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 152 people
 - Crescent had a post office and railroad service
 
Deep Water   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Deep Water had a post office and no railroad service
 
Deitz   (Fayette County) - Historic       [Map]  
 - While Deitz was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 6 people
 - Deitz had a post office and no railroad service
 
Dempsey   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Dempsey had a post office and no railroad service
 
Dixie   (Nicholas County)       [Map]  
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Alta
 - Dixie had a post office and no railroad service
 
Eagle   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Alta
 - Eagle had a post office and railroad service
 
Elliot   (Fayette County) - Historic       [Map]  
 - While Elliot was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Alta
 - Elliot had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gauley   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Alta
 - Gauley had railroad service and no post office
 
Gauley Bridge   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 180 people (with 570 people in 2017)
 - Gauley Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gaymont   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Alta
 - Gaymont had railroad service and no post office
 
Handley   (Kanawha County)       [Map]  
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 325 people in 2017)
 - Handley had a post office and railroad service
 
Hawks Nest   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Hawks Nest had a post office and railroad service
 
Kanawha Falls   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Kanawha Falls had a post office and railroad service
 
Leander   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Alta
 - Leander had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lizemores   (Clay County)       [Map]  
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Alta
 - Lizemores had a post office and no railroad service
 
Montgomery   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Alta
 - Montgomery had a post office and railroad service
 
Mount Carbon   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 3,432 people
 - Mount Carbon had a post office and railroad service
 
Mountain Cove   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Mountain Cove had a post office and no railroad service
 
Mulvane   (Fayette County) - Historic       [Map]  
 - While Mulvane was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Alta
 - Mulvane had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pond Gap   (Kanawha County)       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Alta
 - Pond Gap had a post office and no railroad service
 
Powellton   (Fayette County)       [Map]  
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 491 people
 - Powellton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spangler   (Kanawha County)       [Map]  
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Alta
 - Spangler had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sunnyside   (Fayette County) - Historic       [Map]  
 - While Sunnyside was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Alta
 - Sunnyside had railroad service and no post office
 
Tipton   (Nicholas County)       [Map]  
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Alta
 - Tipton had a post office and no railroad service

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Alta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Alta. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alta) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2073, Longitude: -81.1773     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alta have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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