Alta, Illinois

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Alta, Illinois
Unincorporated community
Alta, Illinois is located in Peoria County, Illinois
Alta, Illinois
Alta, Illinois
Coordinates: 40°48′39″N 89°38′03″W / 40.81083°N 89.63417°W / 40.81083; -89.63417Coordinates: 40°48′39″N 89°38′03″W / 40.81083°N 89.63417°W / 40.81083; -89.63417
Country United States
State Illinois
County Peoria
Elevation 751 ft (229 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 309
GNIS feature ID 403461[1]

Alta is an unincorporated community on the northwest border of Peoria in Peoria County, Illinois, United States. Alta is 8 miles (13 km) north-northwest of downtown Peoria. The decommissioned Illinois State Route 174 runs through Alta, and the Rock Island Trail begins in Alta.

History[edit]

Alta was laid out in 1873 when the railroad was extended to that point.[2] The community was so named on account of its lofty elevation.[2] A post office was established at Alta in 1873, and remained in operation until the 1950s.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b Callary, Edward (29 September 2008). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois Press. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-252-09070-7. 
  3. ^ "Peoria County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 27 November 2015.