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Introduction ...

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

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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<1> beginning in Alton to:

  • Buckhannon [Map], which is the Seat of Upshur County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Alton to Buckhannon, with an average speed<2> 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 [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 83 miles [133.6 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 [Map]) is 170 miles [273.6 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,034 miles [9,710.8 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 6,746 miles [10,856.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,622 miles [7,438.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Alton ...

We have found 35 communities that share the name Alton.

While the name Alton is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 35 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Alton, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 508 miles [817.5 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Hempstead County

Our profile page for Alton, Hempstead County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 827 miles [1,330.9 km] to the West Southwest

California

Humboldt County

Our profile page for Alton, Humboldt County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,313 miles [3,722.4 km] to the West Northwest

Florida

Lafayette County

Our profile page for Alton, Lafayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 627 miles [1,009.1 km] to the South Southwest

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Georgia

Milton County

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

Tattnall County

Our profile page for Alton, Tattnall County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 487 miles [783.8 km] to the South Southwest

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Idaho

Bear Lake County

Our profile page for Alton, Bear Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,631 miles [2,624.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Madison County

Our profile page for Alton, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 534 miles [859.4 km] to the West

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Indiana

Crawford County

Our profile page for Alton, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 338 miles [544 km] to the West

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Iowa

Sioux County

Our profile page for Alton, Sioux County   [Map]
Distance: About 871 miles [1,401.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Lyon County

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

Osborne County

Our profile page for Alton, Osborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,002 miles [1,612.6 km] to the West

Sumner County

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

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Kentucky

Anderson County

Our profile page for Alton, Anderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 260 miles [418.4 km] to the West

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Louisiana

Concordia Parish

Our profile page for Alton, Concordia Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 828 miles [1,332.5 km] to the Southwest

Saint Tammany Parish

Our profile page for Alton, Saint Tammany Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 797 miles [1,282.6 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Penobscot County

Our profile page for Alton, Penobscot County   [Map]
Distance: About 728 miles [1,171.6 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Delta County

Our profile page for Alton, Delta County   [Map]
Distance: About 594 miles [956 km] to the North Northwest

Kent County

Our profile page for Alton, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the Northwest

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Minnesota

Faribault County

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

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Missouri

Oregon County

Our profile page for Alton, Oregon County   [Map]
Distance: About 627 miles [1,009.1 km] to the West

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Montana

Glacier County

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

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New Hampshire

Belknap County

Our profile page for Alton, Belknap County   [Map]
Distance: About 566 miles [910.9 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Wayne County

Our profile page for Alton, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 346 miles [556.8 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for Alton, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 272 miles [437.7 km] to the South

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North Dakota

Traill County

Our profile page for Alton, Traill County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,029 miles [1,656 km] to the Northwest

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Alton   [Map]
Distance: About 970 miles [1,561.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Franklin County

Our profile page for Alton, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 176 miles [283.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Ontario

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

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Pennsylvania

McKean County

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

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Rhode Island

Washington County

Our profile page for Alton, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 483 miles [777.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Texas

Denton County

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

Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Alton, Hidalgo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,358 miles [2,185.5 km] to the Southwest

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Utah

Kane County

Our profile page for Alton, Kane County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,746 miles [2,809.9 km] to the West

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Virginia

Halifax County

Our profile page for Alton, Halifax County   [Map]
Distance: About 168 miles [270.4 km] to the South Southeast

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

Carter   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest of Alton   [Map]
Chemical (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Evergreen   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hemlock   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Holly Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Imperial   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Palace Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Queens   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sellers (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Tenmile   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Zion   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Upshur County

About West Virginia

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: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Alton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8193, Longitude: -80.2140     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alton 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 Alton 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 309.789 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.589 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.095 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 Alton, 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alton.



 
 
 

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