Originally a stop in the old San Antonio road, this
town is now a tomato growing center in the redland belt. The Name Alto derives from the
Spanish word for "high" (it is the highest point between Angeline and Neches
The grave of Helena Kimble Dill, believed to be the
mother of the first anglo child born in Texas (1804) is located here. (Jane Long, of
Gavelston os often credited as the Mother of Texas' first anglo child in 1821) Contact the
Local Chamber of commerce for info. on other sites of interest in this historically rich
Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site -
Authentic diarama at Caddoan
Mounds State Historic site near Alto
Home of Mound Builders of Caddoan origin who lived in the region for 500 years beginning about A.D. 800, now Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site is a chief archeological site in Texas. It was the home of Mound Builders of Caddoan origin who lived in the region for 500 years beginning about A.D. 800.
Per person tour fees apply. Adult, student, and senior citizen fees; group tour rates available. Group tours are offered by appointment only. Facilities include headquarters/interpretive center, an archeological experiment exhibit, a .7-mile interpretive trail, and a Texas State Parks Store. Day-use only - no picnicking.
For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.
Davy Crockett National Forest -
Nearest entrance southwest 6 miles on Texas 21.
Exceptional scenery, of forested hills and streams lies. Along U.S.
69, Texas 21 (El Camino Real), and numerous local roads round Alto.
Special thanks to Dave Mason for correction with regard to
population in Alto.