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Barnum, Alaska

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

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How Far From Barnum 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 Barnum to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 960 miles [1,545 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Barnum to Juneau, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 55 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 38 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,772 miles [6,070.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 8 days, a buggy would take 148 days and walking would take 215 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,071 miles [9,770.3 km] and it lies to the North Northwest (NNW).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,729 miles [10,829.3 km] and it lies to the North Northwest (NNW).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,435 miles [8,746.8 km] and it lies to the North (N).<6>

Communities Also Named Barnum ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Barnum.

While the name Barnum is unique within Alaska, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.

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Fairfield County

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


Webster County

Our profile page for Barnum, Webster County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,989 miles [4,810.3 km] to the East


Marquette County

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


Carlton County

Our profile page for Barnum, Carlton County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,851 miles [4,588.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for Barnum, Cattaraugus County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,560 miles [5,729.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Polk County

Our profile page for Barnum, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,592 miles [5,780.8 km] to the East

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West Virginia

Mineral County

Our profile page for Barnum, Mineral County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,673 miles [5,911.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Crawford County

Our profile page for Barnum, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,076 miles [4,950.3 km] to the East

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Johnson County

Our profile page for Barnum, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,490 miles [4,007.3 km] to the East

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Barnum. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 59.2500, Longitude: -161.3833     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Barnum have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Barnum 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 14.081 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 19.856 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 355.326 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 Barnum.


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