Alton, Utah

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Alton, Utah
Town
Location in Kane County and the state of Utah
Location in Kane County and the state of Utah
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Coordinates: 37°26′24″N 112°28′55″W / 37.44000°N 112.48194°W / 37.44000; -112.48194Coordinates: 37°26′24″N 112°28′55″W / 37.44000°N 112.48194°W / 37.44000; -112.48194
Country United States
State Utah
County Kane
Founded 1907
Incorporated 1935
Named for Alton Fjord
Area
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 7,041 ft (2,146 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 118
 • Density 300/sq mi (120/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84710
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-00870[1]
GNIS feature ID 1438182[2]

Alton is a town in Kane County, Utah, United States. The population was 119 at the 2010 census,[3] a decrease from the 2000 figure of 134.

History[edit]

Alton was first settled by Lorenzo Wesley Roundy in 1865 and was originally called Roundys Station.[4][5] Roundy's family was forced to leave due to conflicts with the local American Indians. The community was later called Graham, after Graham Duncan McDonald, a local pioneer. Over the years, many names had been discussed, but a consensus could not be reached. In 1912, a drawing was held at a community event to determine the name of the community. Charles R. Pugh, who had been reading about the Alton Fjord in Norway suggested the name, and it was pulled from the hat by a two-year-old child.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.

Climate[edit]

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csb" (Mediterranean climate).

Climate data for Alton, Utah
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4
(39)
6
(42)
9
(48)
14
(57)
19
(67)
25
(77)
28
(82)
27
(80)
23
(73)
17
(63)
10
(50)
5
(41)
15.6
(59.9)
Average low °C (°F) −9
(15)
−8
(18)
−6
(22)
−2
(28)
2
(35)
6
(42)
10
(50)
9
(49)
6
(42)
1
(33)
−5
(23)
−8
(17)
−0.3
(31.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 48
(1.9)
46
(1.8)
41
(1.6)
28
(1.1)
20
(0.8)
13
(0.5)
36
(1.4)
43
(1.7)
38
(1.5)
38
(1.5)
30
(1.2)
43
(1.7)
424
(16.7)
Source: Weatherbase [6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 106
1910 98 −7.5%
1920 169 72.4%
1930 193 14.2%
1940 239 23.8%
1950 154 −35.6%
1960 116 −24.7%
1970 62 −46.6%
1980 75 21.0%
1990 93 24.0%
2000 134 44.1%
2010 119 −11.2%
Est. 2012 118 −0.8%

As of the census of 2010, there were 119 people in 39 households in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 89% white, 5% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.5% Native American.

The population was 45 percent male and 55 percent female. The population was 38.7 percent under the age of 18 and 20 percent 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ 2010 US Census
  4. ^ Andrew Jenson. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1941) p. 17
  5. ^ John W. Van Cott Utah Place Names. (University of Utah Press, 2000) p. 5
  6. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on August 14, 2013.