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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 Alta, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alta 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 Alta:
    • 37.869564, -80.542857
    • 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 Alta
  • 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 Alta ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Alta.

There is one other community in West Virginia which is also named Alta.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another twenty communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Located In West Virginia ...
    • Fayette County
      • This Alta is located in Fayette County and lies 41 miles [66 km]<1> to the northwest of the Alta that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fayette County community of Alta.
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Fayette County
      • This Alta is located in Fayette County and lies 486 miles [782.1 km]<1> to the southwest of the Alta that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fayette County community of Alta.
    • California
      • Placer County
      • This Alta is located in Placer County and lies 2,158 miles [3,473 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alta that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Placer County community of Alta.
      • San Diego 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 California community of Alta [San Diego County].
    • Colorado
      • San Miguel 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 Colorado community of Alta [San Miguel County].
    • Illinois
      • Peoria County
      • This Alta is located in Peoria County and lies 525 miles [844.9 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alta that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Peoria County community of Alta.
    • Indiana
      • Vermillion County
      • This Alta is located in Vermillion County and lies 390 miles [627.6 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alta that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Vermillion County community of Alta.
    • Iowa
      • Buena Vista County
      • This Alta is located in Buena Vista County and lies 843 miles [1,356.7 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alta that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Buena Vista County community of Alta.
    • Kansas
      • Harvey County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Alta [Harvey County].
      • Jewell County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Alta [Jewell County].
      • Johnson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Alta [Johnson County].
    • Kentucky
      • Ohio County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Alta [Ohio County].
    • Montana
      • Jefferson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Montana community of Alta [Jefferson County].
      • Ravalli County
      • This Alta is located in Ravalli County and lies 1,804 miles [2,903.3 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alta that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ravalli County community of Alta.
    • North Dakota
      • Barnes County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Dakota community of Alta [Barnes County].
    • Ohio
      • Highland County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ohio community of Alta [Highland County].
      • Richland County
      • This Alta is located in Richland County and lies 225 miles [362.1 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Alta that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Richland County community of Alta.
    • Tennessee
      • Shelby County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Tennessee community of Alta [Shelby County].
    • Utah
      • Salt Lake County
      • This Alta is located in Salt Lake County and lies 1,665 miles [2,679.6 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alta that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Salt Lake County community of Alta.
      • Wasatch County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Wasatch County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wasatch County community of Alta.
    • Wyoming
      • Teton County
      • This Alta is located in Teton County and lies 1,634 miles [2,629.7 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alta that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Teton County community of Alta.

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 wonder 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 [Greenbrier County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blue Sulphur Springs
    • Blue Sulphur Springs [Greenbrier County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Alta
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blue Sulphur Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Sulphur Springs
  • Cornstalk [Greenbrier County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cornstalk
    • Cornstalk [Greenbrier County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Alta
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cornstalk have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cornstalk
  • Crowfields [Greenbrier County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crowfields
    • Crowfields [Greenbrier County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Alta
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crowfields have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crowfields
  • Hickory Grove [Greenbrier County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory Grove
    • Hickory Grove [Greenbrier County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Alta
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hickory Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory Grove
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Lewisburg [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewisburg
      • Lewisburg [Greenbrier County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Alta
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,766 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewisburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lewisburg<5>
    • Meadow Bluff [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadow Bluff
      • Meadow Bluff [Greenbrier County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadow Bluff have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadow Bluff
    • Rock Cliff [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Cliff
      • Rock Cliff [Greenbrier County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock Cliff have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Cliff
    • Rolling Hills [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rolling Hills
      • Rolling Hills [Greenbrier County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rolling Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rolling Hills
    • Snowflake [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Snowflake
      • Snowflake [Greenbrier County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Snowflake have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Snowflake
    • Teaberry [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Teaberry
      • Teaberry [Greenbrier County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Teaberry have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Teaberry
    • Walnut Hills [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walnut Hills
      • Walnut Hills [Greenbrier County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Alta
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walnut Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walnut Hills

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Alta. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Katherine Johnson     (Mathematician)
      • Mathematician. She was born in White Sulphur Springs (WV) on August 26, 1918 (a Monday) and died in Newport News (VA) on February 24, 2020 (a Monday) at the age of 101. We don't have any burial details.
      • White Sulphur Springs is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Alta.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Katherine Johnson<6>

How Far From Alta 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 Alta to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Lewisburg, which is the Seat of Greenbrier County and lies just to the Southeast.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 67 miles [107.8 km]<1> to the west northwest (WNW). If you could walk a straight line from Alta to Charleston, with an average speed<7> 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) 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<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,090 miles [9,800.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,799 miles [10,941.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,675 miles [7,523.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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: https://www.wv.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 from Point A (ie- Alta) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alta. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8696, Longitude: -80.5429       In this case, the coordinates for Alta have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 Alta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.015 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.704 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.555 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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