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Olds, Alberta

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Olds to ...

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 124 miles [199.6 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Olds 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 1,785 miles [2,872.7 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 70 days and walking would take 102 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,367 miles [10,246.7 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 7,133 miles [11,479.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,212 miles [8,387.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Olds ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Olds.

While the name Olds is unique within Alberta, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alberta


Henry County

Our profile page for Olds, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,292 miles [2,079.3 km] to the East Southeast


Miami County

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


Branch County

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

North Carolina

Currituck County

Our profile page for Olds, Currituck County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,149 miles [3,458.5 km] to the East Southeast

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Wayne County

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

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Chelan County

Our profile page for Olds, Chelan County   [Map]
Distance: About 407 miles [655 km] to the Southwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olds. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 51.7833, Longitude: -114.1000     [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 Olds 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 334.286 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 335.136 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 321.861 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 Olds.


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