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Founded because of the expansion of the Chicago-Illinois Railroad, Alta is the highest town in the state of Iowa. Alta is located in Buena Vista Countyin the Northwest Region of Iowa. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 1,748, a decrease of 72 since 1990.

While some claim that the town was named for this altitude, the true origin of the name Alta is still disputed. It is known that railroad president John I. Blair named the depot Alta in 1870. Mr. Blair may have named the town for its high altitude, or it is also possible he named it in honor of his daughter Altai Blair.

Settlers began to take residence in Alta in 1869. One of the first commercial structures in the town was the railroad depot, followed by a post office.

Accommodations in Alta include Addie's Place Bed & Breakfast & Country Inn. Click for more details, including other accommodations in the area, as well as online reservations.

Alta | Location: Alta Iowa 51002

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