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Modoc County, California


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Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Alturas is approximately 2,892 (2000), 2827 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,181 (2000), 1238 (2010).
The amount of land area in Alturas is 5.697 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Alturas to Washington DC is 2396 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 211 miles. (as the crow flies)
Alturas is positioned 41.49 degrees north of the equator and 120.54 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Alturas elevation is 4,446 feet above sea level.


the Northeast corner of California in the South Fork Valley where the North and South Forks of the Pit River meet. The Cascade Mountain range is about 75 miles to the west. Alturas is 170 miles from Reno and 150 miles from Redding.
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high desert with hot dry summers and cold winters
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seasonal. Most forecasts originate so far away the weather men can't see what's really happening here. So this forecast and report considers local observation. It's updated twice daily.
This is a national weather page for Alturas
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History & History Related Items

Alturas was originally occupied by a branch of the Pit River or Achomawe Tribe of Native Americans before white men arrived. The village was known as Kosealekte. The valley is a prehistoric lake bed which formed from alternating erosion and rebuilding of the volcanic flows of the Modoc Plateau which surrounds all but the northeast side of it. The northeast edge of the valley is at the foot of the Warner Mountains, which is the most western range of the Nevada Basin, about ten miles east of town.
The city's limit is bordered on the south by the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, where natural wetlands have been preserved. A new vista point has been built along the highway a quarter mile from town to allow viewing of deer, antelope, Sandhill Cranes, Canada Geese, and other inhabitants. Animals don't understand much about man's arbitrary boundaries and occasionally wander up Main Street.
Until 1874, Alturas was known as Dorris Bridge (named for James Dorris, the town's first white settler). He built a simple wooden bridge across the creek at the east end of town. He later erected a house that became a stopover for travelers and the beginning of Modoc County. The city is a marketing center for local ranchers who raise livestock, potatoes and alfalfa.
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The incorporation of Alturas

16 September 1901


Modoc County Museum
600 S. Main St.
Alturas, CA 96101-4117
Phone: (916) 233-2944 or 916-233-6328

Alturas Railroad Museum
2000 Rail Road
Alturas CA 96101
Phone: 530-233-2512
FAX: 530-233-3559
The Alturas Railroad Museum was established in 1998. The museum is operated by the City of Alturas and the members of the Warner Mountain Gandy Dancers.

Take a look at photos of Alturas.

California Pines, a 20 acre mountain community of about 20 acres with recreation and housing, is less than 10 miles from Alturas.
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Alturas City Government

City of Alturas
200 W. North Street Alturas CA 96101 Phone: 530-233-2512 FAX: 530-233-3559

Alturas has a city council with five persons who are elected at large for four year terms. The City Clerk and City Treasurer are also elected positions.

Alturas Municipal Airport
1401 W. 4th St.
Alturas, CA 96101-3604
Phone: 530-233-5125
The airport elevation is 4374 feet above sea level

Alturas Fire Department
310 Rine Street
Alturas, CA 96101
Scanner: 152.400 Mhz
Phone: (530) 233 4416


Alturas is the county seat for Modoc County.

Modoc Community Programs Dir.
120 S. Main St.
Alturas, CA 96101-4051
Phone: (530) 233-6426

Alturas Chamber

Alturas Chamber of Commerce
522 S. Main St.
Alturas, CA 96101-4115
Phone: 530-233-4434

Alturas Organizations

Alturas Chamber of Commerce
522 S. Main St.
Alturas, CA 96101-4115
Phone: 530-233-4434

Alturas Libraries

Modoc County Library
212 W. 3rd St.
Alturas, CA 96101
Phone: (530)233-6340
Hours: Monday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm; Thursday: Noon-8 PM; Friday: 10am-5pm; Saturday: 10am-2pm (Except in July & August)

Alturas Schools

Modoc Joint Unified School District
906 W. 4th St.
Alturas, CA 96101-3716
Phone: 530-233-7201

Modoc High School
900 N. Main St.
Alturas, CA 96101-3376
Phone: (530) 233-7301

Modoc Middle School
906 W. 4th St.
Alturas, CA 96101-3716
Phone: 530-233-7501

Alturas Elementary School 809
809 W. 8th St.
Alturas, CA 96101-3116
Phone: 530-233-7601


Lassen College
802 N East St
Alturas, CA 96101-4308
Phone: 530-233-4404 Alturas


Alturas is the most Northeastern incorporated city in the State of California

The population of Alturas was:
1990 - 3,231
2000 - 2,892

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