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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Falls to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Falls to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 544 miles [875.5 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Falls 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 31 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 3,348 miles [5,388.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 131 days and walking would take 191 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,057 miles [9,747.8 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 6,754 miles [10,869.5 km] and it lies to the North (N).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,289 miles [8,511.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Falls ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Falls.

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


Communities Located Beyond Alaska

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Falls   [Map]
Distance: About 1,037 miles [1,668.9 km] to the East

Georgia

Hall County

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

Idaho

Washington County

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

Kansas

Sumner County

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

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Maine

Hancock County

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

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Maryland

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Falls, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,334 miles [5,365.6 km] to the East

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Massachusetts

Hampshire County

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

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Michigan

Ontonagon County

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

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New York

Niagara County

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

Tompkins County

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

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North Carolina

Wake County

Our profile page for Falls, Wake County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,456 miles [5,561.9 km] to the East

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Falls   [Map]
Distance: About 3,441 miles [5,537.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Philadelphia County

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

Wyoming County

Our profile page for Falls, Wyoming County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,252 miles [5,233.6 km] to the East

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Virginia

Nottoway County

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

Stafford County

Our profile page for Falls, Stafford County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,359 miles [5,405.8 km] to the East

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West Virginia

Grant County

Our profile page for Falls, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,263 miles [5,251.3 km] to the East

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Falls. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 60.4200, Longitude: -149.3703     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Falls 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 Falls 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 3.917 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 8.637 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 346.192 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 Falls, 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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