Altamont, California

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Altamont (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°44′38″N121°39′46″W / 37.74389°N 121.66278°W / 37.74389; -121.66278 Coordinates: 37°44′38″N121°39′46″W / 37.74389°N 121.66278°W / 37.74389; -121.66278
Country United States
State California
County Alameda County
741 ft (226 m)

Altamont [2] is an unincorporated community in Alameda County, California. It is located 7.5 miles (12 km) northeast of Livermore, [2] at an elevation of 741 feet (226 m) in the Altamont Pass. It was in 1969 the site of the Altamont Free Concert at the Altamont Speedway. Originally called The Summit, the name was changed to Altamont when the Central Pacific Railroad arrived in 1869. [2]


Altamont is derived from its former name Alta Monte (Spanish for "High Mountain"). The community was also briefly known as The Summit. [2]

A post office operated at Altamont from 1872 to 1955. [2]

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  1. "Altamont". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 593. ISBN   1-884995-14-4.