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Alderson, Alberta

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Alderson.

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How Far From Alderson to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Alderson to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Alderson once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Alderson to:

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 243 miles [391.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Alderson to Edmonton, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 14 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,668 miles [2,684.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 66 days and walking would take 95 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,405 miles [10,307.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,174 miles [11,545.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,218 miles [8,397.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Alderson ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Alderson.

While the name Alderson is unique within Alberta, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alberta


Fayette County

Our profile page for Alderson, Fayette County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Fayette County, we don't know the location of this community within the .


Newaygo County

Our profile page for Alderson, Newaygo County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Newaygo County, we don't know the location of this community within the .


Pittsburg County

Our profile page for Alderson, Pittsburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,321 miles [2,125.9 km] to the Southeast


Luzerne County

Our profile page for Alderson, Luzerne County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Luzerne County, we don't know the location of this community within the .

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Greenbrier County

Our profile page for Alderson, Greenbrier County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,736 miles [2,793.8 km] to the East Southeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Alderson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Alderson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alderson) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alderson. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alderson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alderson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 50.2799, Longitude: -111.3440     [Map].

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<3>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<4>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Alderson to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 332.046 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 332.456 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 320.309 degrees.

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<8>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alderson.


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