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Edson, Alberta

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Edson to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Edson to:

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 120 miles [193.1 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Edson to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,882 miles [3,028.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take three full days, a buggy would take 74 days and walking would take 107 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,295 miles [10,130.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,059 miles [11,360.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,173 miles [8,325.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Edson ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Edson.

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

Communities Located Beyond Alberta


San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Edson, San Bernardino County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in San Bernardino County, we don't know the location of this community within the .


Sherman County

Our profile page for Edson, Sherman County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,207 miles [1,942.5 km] to the Southeast

New York

Broome County

Our profile page for Edson, Broome County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,017 miles [3,246 km] to the East


Chippewa County

Our profile page for Edson, Chippewa County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,281 miles [2,061.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Carbon County

Our profile page for Edson, Carbon County   [Map]
Distance: About 926 miles [1,490.3 km] to the South Southeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Edson. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Edson) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Edson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 53.5864, Longitude: -116.4322     [Map].

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<2>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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<3>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 Edson to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 336.201 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 337.449 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 323.13 degrees.

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<7>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 Edson.


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