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Alto is a town in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,225 at the 2010 census. Alto is the closest municipality to the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, an archaeological site dating back to 800 CE, featuring a prehistoric village and ceremonial center. The town of Alto was laid out in 1849 and named for the Spanish word meaning high on account of the site’s elevation on a drainage divide between the Neches and Angelina Rivers.


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