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Dillingham, Alaska

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

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

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

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 859 miles [1,382.4 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Dillingham 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 49 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 34 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,677 miles [5,917.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 8 days, a buggy would take 144 days and walking would take 209 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,108 miles [9,829.9 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 6,776 miles [10,904.9 km] and it lies to the North Northwest (NNW).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,439 miles [8,753.2 km] and it lies to the North (N).<6>

Communities Also Named Dillingham ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Dillingham.

While the name Dillingham is unique within Alaska, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alaska


Washington County

Our profile page for Dillingham, Washington County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Washington County, we don't know the location of this community within the .


Adair County

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

North Carolina

Buncombe County

Our profile page for Dillingham, Buncombe County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,660 miles [5,890.2 km] to the East

North Dakota

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

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Dillingham. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Dillingham

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dillingham. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 59.0406, Longitude: -158.4631     [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 Dillingham 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 11.618 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 17.164 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 353.12 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 Dillingham, 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 Dillingham.


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