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Vulcan, Alberta

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 217 miles [349.2 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Vulcan to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>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 13 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,752 miles [2,819.6 km] to the East (E). Driving 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 6,436 miles [10,357.7 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 7,204 miles [11,593.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,265 miles [8,473.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Vulcan ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Vulcan.

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

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,757 miles [2,827.6 km] to the East Southeast


Gunnison County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Gunnison County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 887 miles [1,427.5 km] to the South Southeast


Walker County

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


Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,390 miles [2,237 km] to the East Southeast

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Keokuk County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Keokuk County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,173 miles [1,887.8 km] to the East Southeast

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Dickinson County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Dickinson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,207 miles [1,942.5 km] to the East

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Iron County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Iron County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,433 miles [2,306.2 km] to the East Southeast

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Columbiana County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Columbiana County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,699 miles [2,734.3 km] to the East

Lucas County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Lucas County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,531 miles [2,463.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Schuylkill County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Schuylkill County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,889 miles [3,040.1 km] to the East

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Marion County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,746 miles [2,809.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Orange County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,914 miles [3,080.3 km] to the East Southeast

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Mingo County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Mingo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,764 miles [2,838.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vulcan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 50.4030, Longitude: -113.2640     [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 Vulcan 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 333.584 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 334.223 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 321.529 degrees.

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<7>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 Vulcan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Vulcan.


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