Named after a railroad engineer’s daughter, Alta was incorporated in 1878 at the highest point on the Chicago-Illinois railroad. Proximity to rail transportation helped Alta develop into a solid farming community.
Agribusiness is still the mainstay of our community, but new industries – like the production of electricity by sleek wind turbines dotting our countryside – have drawn a rich mix of new residents from diverse backgrounds to Alta.
More than 1800 people call Alta home today, and many others who live in the surrounding rural areas enjoy our shops, parks, and schools. We welcome you to come and explore Alta. Catch our energy!