Altamont, California

Altamont (formerly The Summit and Alta Monte)[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]

Location in California
Altamont (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°44′38″N 121°39′46″W
CountryUnited States
CountyAlameda County
Elevation741 ft (226 m)

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


  1. "Altamont". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. 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.