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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Gem 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 Gem to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 187 miles [300.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Gem to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 11 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 8 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,703 miles [2,740.7 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 67 days and walking would take 97 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,381 miles [10,269.2 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 7,149 miles [11,505.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,206 miles [8,378.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gem ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Gem.

While the name Gem is unique within Alberta, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alberta

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Georgia

Bulloch County

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

Idaho

Shoshone County

Our profile page for Gem, Shoshone County   [Map]
Distance: About 289 miles [465.1 km] to the Southwest

Indiana

Hancock County

Our profile page for Gem, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,478 miles [2,378.6 km] to the East Southeast

Kansas

Reno County

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

Thomas County

Our profile page for Gem, Thomas County   [Map]
Distance: About 964 miles [1,551.4 km] to the Southeast

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Michigan

Ontonagon County

Our profile page for Gem, Ontonagon County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,087 miles [1,749.4 km] to the East

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North Carolina

Buncombe County

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

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Ohio

Noble County

Our profile page for Gem, Noble County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,667 miles [2,682.8 km] to the East Southeast

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Oregon

Klamath County

Our profile page for Gem, Klamath County   [Map]
Distance: About 757 miles [1,218.3 km] to the Southwest

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Pennsylvania

Fulton County

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

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South Dakota

Brown County

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

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Texas

Hemphill County

Our profile page for Gem, Hemphill County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,205 miles [1,939.3 km] to the Southeast

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West Virginia

Braxton County

Our profile page for Gem, Braxton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,735 miles [2,792.2 km] to the East Southeast

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The official website for Province of Alberta: www.alberta.ca/







Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Gem. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gem) 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 Gem. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gem

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gem. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 50.9500, Longitude: -112.1833     [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 Gem 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 332.73 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 333.295 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 320.741 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 Gem.



 
 
 

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