Alton, NH

Lakes Region NH MapAlton, New Hampshire Real Estate Information

Alton is located on the southern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Alton's original name was "New Durham Gore" because of its rocky upland areas. In 1875 the inventor of the corkscrew, Rockwell Clough, established his company in Alton. In 1872 the Boston and Maine Railroad launched the steamer Mount Washington which was the first side wheeler and largest vessel on Lake Winnipesaukee. The train station is all that remains of the B&M railroad and is used as a community center.

Alton NH Georgraphy and Statistics

Alton NHOne of the most interesting islands, Rattlesnake Island, is within Alton's boundaries. There are numerous theories why it is called this, but from the top of Mt. Major it is said to look like a rattlesnake. It is attention grabbing as an island because it rises high in altitude and has a sharp descent into the lake. The water depth around the island is some of the deepest in the lake.

Alton abuts Wolfeboro to the northeast and Gilford to the northwest. Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro is 11 miles away.

Alton accounts for 18% of the watershed on Lake Winnipesaukee. The Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed covers 381 square miles.

  • County: Belknap
  • Incorporated: 1796
  • Area: 63.1 sq. miles of land and 19 sq. miles of inland water area
  • Coordinates: 4327'15'N 7113'11W
  • Altitude ASL: 560 ft.
  • Population (US Census 2005) 5,074 residents
  • Population density (2005) 79.4 people/sq. mile
  • Tax Rate (10/11): $12.21
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Alton Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee c. 1905