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“Alta Store”
Artist: James Geddes


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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
was 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 for
many years in the mid 1900’s, referred to as the Alta Murray Store.
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 1940s.
Arthur Sommers reference photo.
Janet Fonseca Dutch Flat and Alta history


James Geddes

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