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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 562 miles [904.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Birchwood to Juneau, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 32 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 22 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,342 miles [5,378.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 131 days and walking would take 190 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,989 miles [9,638.4 km] and it lies to the North (N).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,686 miles [10,760.1 km] and it lies to the North (N).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,223 miles [8,405.6 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Birchwood ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Birchwood.

While the name Birchwood is unique within Alaska, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


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Arkansas

Pulaski County

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

Connecticut

Hartford County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Hartford County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,320 miles [5,343 km] to the East Northeast

Illinois

Cook County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,824 miles [4,544.8 km] to the East

Maryland

Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,351 miles [5,392.9 km] to the East

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Michigan

Berrien County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Berrien County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,866 miles [4,612.4 km] to the East

Cheboygan County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Cheboygan County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,745 miles [4,417.6 km] to the East

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Minnesota

Washington County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,491 miles [4,008.9 km] to the East

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New York

Nassau County

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

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North Carolina

Alamance County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Alamance County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,415 miles [5,495.9 km] to the East

Pitt County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Pitt County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,506 miles [5,642.4 km] to the East

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Ontario

Our profile page for Birchwood   [Map]
Distance: About 3,009 miles [4,842.5 km] to the East

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Tennessee

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,275 miles [5,270.6 km] to the East

Meigs County

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

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,125 miles [5,029.2 km] to the East

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Washington

Whatcom County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Whatcom County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,359 miles [2,187.1 km] to the East Southeast

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Wisconsin

Kewaunee County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Kewaunee County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,700 miles [4,345.2 km] to the East

Washburn County

Our profile page for Birchwood, Washburn County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,508 miles [4,036.2 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 Birchwood. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Birchwood) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Birchwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.4053, Longitude: -149.4689     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Birchwood 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 Birchwood 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 4.004 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 8.71 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 346.209 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 Birchwood.



 
 
 

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