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(Greenbrier County)

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Alta.

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Alta to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Alta to:

  • Lewisburg [Map], which is the Seat of Greenbrier County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 67 miles [107.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). If you could walk a straight line from Alta to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 202 miles [325.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,090 miles [9,800.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,799 miles [10,941.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,675 miles [7,523.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Alta ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Alta.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Alta. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 20 communities in the United States - with 21 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Fayette County

Our profile page for Alta, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 486 miles [782.1 km] to the Southwest

California

Placer County

Our profile page for Alta, Placer County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,158 miles [3,473 km] to the West Northwest

San Diego County

Our profile page for Alta, San Diego County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 2,069 miles [3,329.7 km] to the West

Colorado

San Miguel County

Our profile page for Alta, San Miguel County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,483 miles [2,386.7 km] to the West

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Illinois

Peoria County

Our profile page for Alta, Peoria County   [Map]
Distance: About 525 miles [844.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Vermillion County

Our profile page for Alta, Vermillion County   [Map]
Distance: About 390 miles [627.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Buena Vista County

Our profile page for Alta, Buena Vista County   [Map]
Distance: About 843 miles [1,356.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Harvey County

Our profile page for Alta, Harvey County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Harvey County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Jewell County

Our profile page for Alta, Jewell County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Jewell County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Johnson County

Our profile page for Alta, Johnson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Johnson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Kentucky

Ohio County

Our profile page for Alta, Ohio County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Ohio County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Montana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Alta, Jefferson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Jefferson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Ravalli County

Our profile page for Alta, Ravalli County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,804 miles [2,903.3 km] to the West Northwest

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North Dakota

Barnes County

Our profile page for Alta, Barnes County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Barnes County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Ohio

Highland County

Our profile page for Alta, Highland County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Highland County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Richland County

Our profile page for Alta, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 225 miles [362.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Tennessee

Shelby County

Our profile page for Alta, Shelby County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Shelby County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Alta, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,665 miles [2,679.6 km] to the West Northwest

Wasatch County

Our profile page for Alta, Wasatch County
This community is historic.
Although located in Wasatch County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Wyoming

Teton County

Our profile page for Alta, Teton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,634 miles [2,629.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Alta ...

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 talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Blue Sulphur Springs   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest of Alta   [Map]
Cornstalk   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Crowfields   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hickory Grove   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Lewisburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Meadow Bluff   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Rock Cliff   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rolling Hills   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Snowflake   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Teaberry   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Walnut Hills   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Alta. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 37.8696, Longitude: -80.5429     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alta have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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.

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<3>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 Alta to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.015 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.704 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.555 degrees.

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<7>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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<8>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Alta 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.

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