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Alton lies at the base of the beautiful Sunset Cliffs, which are part of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The town was founded by, Wesley Roundy, who built two log cabins in the area in the early 1870s. At a community social in 1912, suggested names for the town were put into a hat, and the name Alton—taken from the Alton Fjord in Norway—was chosen. This quiet, little town, with its stunning scenery, is a perfect respite from the crowds and hustle of some of the busier parks and attractions. Alton is central to the many attractions in this region.