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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 34 miles [54.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Opal to Edmonton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,753 miles [2,821.2 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of three days, a buggy would take 69 days and walking would take 100 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,212 miles [9,997.2 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 6,978 miles [11,230 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,069 miles [8,157.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Opal ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Opal.

While the name Opal 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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Alabama

Conecuh County

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

Arkansas

Lonoke County

Our profile page for Opal, Lonoke County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,659 miles [2,669.9 km] to the Southeast

Polk County

Our profile page for Opal, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,636 miles [2,632.9 km] to the Southeast

White County

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

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Michigan

Baraga County

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

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Missouri

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Opal, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,494 miles [2,404.4 km] to the Southeast

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New Mexico

Otero County

Our profile page for Opal, Otero County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Otero County, we don't know the location of this community within the .

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South Dakota

Meade County

Our profile page for Opal, Meade County   [Map]
Distance: About 792 miles [1,274.6 km] to the Southeast

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Virginia

Fauquier County

Our profile page for Opal, Fauquier County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,965 miles [3,162.4 km] to the East Southeast

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West Virginia

Nicholas County

Our profile page for Opal, Nicholas County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,864 miles [2,999.8 km] to the East Southeast

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Wisconsin

Marathon County

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

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Wyoming

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Opal, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 856 miles [1,377.6 km] to the South

Uinta County

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

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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 beginning in Opal. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Opal) 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 Opal. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Opal

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Opal. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 54.0216, Longitude: -113.2361     [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 Opal 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 333.606 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 334.55 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 320.896 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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<8>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 Opal, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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