Welcome to Alta

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Welcome to AlTA

Founded because of the expansion of the Chicago-Illinois Railroad, Alta is the highest point on the railroad in Iowa.  Railroad engineer, John I. Blair, named the railroad depot "Alta" in 1870 in honor of his daughter, Altai Blair.  The incorporation papers were filed for "Incorporated Town of Alta, Buena Vista County, Iowa" on November 11, 1878 at the State Land Office at the Capitol in Des Moines. Proximity to rail transportation helped Alta develop into a solid farming community.

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.  In 1872, a land company laid out the town of Alta.  The original plat consisted of four blocks.  Hearing of this new settlement, P.G. Peterson of Chicago moved to Alta to start a hotel and help establish a good town.  Soon after, a group of tradesmen and businessmen followed from the Chicago area bringing several businesses to the rapidly growing community.  These new businesses included an elevator, a blacksmith shop, a hardware store, a general mercantile, a medical practice, and a law firm.

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!

Upcoming Events

RAGBRAI - JULY 25, 2021
UPCOMING ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO RAGBRAI:
NO PARKING on Main St., in the residential area (3rd St. to 9th St.) starting Saturday, July 24 at 12:00 pm (noon) through Sunday, July 25 at 10:00 pm.
ON SUNDAY, JULY 25:
Main St. will be closed from 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
East 14th St. will be closed from 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
East 2nd St. will be closed from 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Basically, on Sunday, July 25, we will have thousands of bike riders going South on Main St. to 14th St., and then west to West Highway, throughout the day, but mainly from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Main St. will be closed down to all traffic that day, and there will be no parking on Main St. to allow for the greatest width of Main St.
PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY!!

 

Latest News & Announcements

Resolution 21-07 Approving FY22 Budget

FY22 Budget Public Hearing Notice

City Budget Newspaper posting

CITY OF ALTA EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

City application For any questions regarding employment opportunities, please contact the City Clerk at (712) 200-2105, or cityclerk@alta-tec.net.  The City of Alta is an equal opportunity employer.

Resolution 21-03 approving Max City Levy

City Max Levy Resolution

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MAXIMUM LEVY HEARING NOTICE

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