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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 Alton, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alton 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 Alton:
    • 38.819571, -80.216006
    • 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 Alton
  • 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 Alton ...

We have found 35 communities that share the name Alton.

Within West Virginia, the name Alton is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another 35 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 35 communities, 33 are located in the United States and four are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Jefferson County
      • This Alton is located in Jefferson County and lies 508 miles [817.5 km]<1> to the southwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Alton.
    • Arkansas
      • Hempstead 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 Arkansas community of Alton [Hempstead County].
    • California
      • Humboldt County
      • This Alton is located in Humboldt County and lies 2,312 miles [3,720.8 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Humboldt County community of Alton.
    • Florida
      • Lafayette County
      • This Alton is located in Lafayette County and lies 627 miles [1,009.1 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lafayette County community of Alton.
    • Georgia
      • Milton 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 Georgia community of Alton [Milton County].
      • Tattnall 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 Georgia community of Alton [Tattnall County].
    • Idaho
      • Bear Lake County
      • This Alton is located in Bear Lake County and lies 1,631 miles [2,624.8 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bear Lake County community of Alton.
    • Illinois
      • Madison County
      • This Alton is located in Madison County and lies 535 miles [861 km]<1> to the west of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Madison County community of Alton.
    • Indiana
      • Crawford County
      • This Alton is located in Crawford County and lies 338 miles [544 km]<1> to the west of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Crawford County community of Alton.
    • Iowa
      • Sioux County
      • This Alton is located in Sioux County and lies 871 miles [1,401.7 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sioux County community of Alton.
    • Kansas
      • Lyon 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 Alton [Lyon County].
      • Osborne County
      • This Alton is located in Osborne County and lies 1,002 miles [1,612.6 km]<1> to the west of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Osborne County community of Alton.
      • Sumner 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 Alton [Sumner County].
    • Kentucky
      • Anderson County
      • This Alton is located in Anderson County and lies 260 miles [418.4 km]<1> to the west of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Anderson County community of Alton.
    • Louisiana
      • Concordia Parish
      • 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 Louisiana community of Alton [Concordia Parish].
      • Saint Tammany Parish
      • This Alton is located in Saint Tammany Parish and lies 797 miles [1,282.6 km]<1> to the southwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Tammany Parish community of Alton.
    • Maine
      • Penobscot County
      • This Alton is located in Penobscot County and lies 728 miles [1,171.6 km]<1> to the northeast of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Penobscot County community of Alton.
    • Michigan
      • Delta County
      • This Alton is located in Delta County and lies 594 miles [956 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Delta County community of Alton.
      • Kent County
      • This Alton is located in Kent County and lies 394 miles [634.1 km] to the northwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kent County community of Alton.
    • Minnesota
      • Faribault 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 Minnesota community of Alton [Faribault County].
    • Missouri
      • Oregon County
      • This Alton is located in Oregon County and lies 627 miles [1,009.1 km]<1> to the west of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Oregon County community of Alton.
    • Montana
      • Glacier County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Glacier County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Glacier County community of Alton.
    • New Hampshire
      • Belknap County
      • This Alton is located in Belknap County and lies 566 miles [910.9 km]<1> to the northeast of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Belknap County community of Alton.
    • New York
      • Wayne County
      • This Alton is located in Wayne County and lies 346 miles [556.8 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wayne County community of Alton.
    • North Carolina
      • Union County
      • This Alton is located in Union County and lies 272 miles [437.7 km]<1> to the south of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Union County community of Alton.
    • North Dakota
      • Traill County
      • This Alton is located in Traill County and lies 1,029 miles [1,656 km]<1> to the northwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Traill County community of Alton.
    • Nova Scotia
      • This Alton lies 970 miles [1,561.1 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
    • Ohio
      • Franklin County
      • This Alton is located in Franklin County and lies 176 miles [283.2 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Franklin County community of Alton.
    • Ontario
      • 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 Ontario community of Alton.
    • Pennsylvania
      • McKean 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 Pennsylvania community of Alton [McKean County].
    • Rhode Island
      • Washington County
      • This Alton is located in Washington County and lies 483 miles [777.3 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Alton.
    • Texas
      • Denton County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Denton County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Denton County community of Alton.
      • Hidalgo County
      • This Alton is located in Hidalgo County and lies 1,358 miles [2,185.5 km]<1> to the southwest of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hidalgo County community of Alton.
    • Utah
      • Kane County
      • This Alton is located in Kane County and lies 1,746 miles [2,809.9 km]<1> to the west of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kane County community of Alton.
    • Virginia
      • Halifax County
      • This Alton is located in Halifax County and lies 168 miles [270.4 km]<1> to the south southeast of the Alton that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Halifax County community of Alton.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alton ...

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.

  • Carter [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carter
    • Carter [Upshur County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carter have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carter
  • Chemical [Upshur County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chemical
    • Chemical [Upshur County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Alton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chemical have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Evergreen [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evergreen
    • Evergreen [Upshur County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evergreen have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen
  • Hemlock [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hemlock
    • Hemlock [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hemlock have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hemlock
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Holly Grove [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holly Grove
      • Holly Grove [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holly Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holly Grove
    • Imperial [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Imperial
      • Imperial [Upshur County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Imperial have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Imperial
    • Palace Valley [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palace Valley
      • Palace Valley [Upshur County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Palace Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palace Valley
    • Queens [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Queens
      • Queens [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queens
    • Sellers [Upshur County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sellers
      • Sellers [Upshur County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sellers have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Tenmile [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tenmile
      • Tenmile [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tenmile have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tenmile
    • Zion [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zion
      • Zion [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zion have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zion

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 Alton. 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 ...
    • Harvey Bailey     (Crime figure)
      • Full name: John Harvey Bailey
      • Crime figure. He was born in Jane Lew (WV) on August 23, 1887 (a Tueday) and died in Joplin (MO) on March 1, 1979 (a Thursday) at the age of 91.
      • Jane Lew is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest of Alton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harvey Bailey<5>
    • Marshall 'Biggie' Goldberg     (Professional football)

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Buckhannon, which is the Seat of Upshur County and lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north. If you could walk a straight line from Alton to Buckhannon, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 82 miles [132 km] to the west southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 171 miles [275.2 km] to the east (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,034 miles [9,710.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,746 miles [10,856.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,622 miles [7,438.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alton. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AltonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8196, Longitude: -80.2160       In this case, the coordinates for Alton 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 Alton, 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Alton 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>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.
<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 Alton 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 309.791 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.59 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.096 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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