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Alta Store 1940's
Alta was given its
namesake by the builders of the Central Pacific.
In 1866 the
railroad was completed to Alta and a train Station
established. The store was originally part of the Erskine
Ranch. Sierra Heritage Magazine mentions the Alta Store started
in 1866 as a saloon. Frank Murray and his wife ran the store
many years in the mid 1900’s, referred to as the Alta
There have been many rumors from the old days
about the activities
at the Alta Store. When Bert Harms
owned the store there was
bootlegging, although not a
serious effort most say.
Janet Fonseca had a real estate
brochure stating the store was
once a bawdy house! Janet
said, "I cannot imagine a
house of ill repute in Alta!"
This sketch is a typical look at the Alta Store in the
Arthur Sommers reference photo.
Dutch Flat and Alta history