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North Pole, Alaska

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

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

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

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 613 miles [986.5 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from North Pole 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 35 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 24 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,256 miles [5,240 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 128 days and walking would take 185 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,762 miles [9,273 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 6,466 miles [10,406 km] and it lies to the North (N).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,983 miles [8,019.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named North Pole ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name North Pole.

While the name North Pole is unique within Alaska, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alaska


El Paso County

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


Kootenai County

Our profile page for North Pole, Kootenai County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,620 miles [2,607.1 km] to the East Southeast

New York

Essex County

Our profile page for North Pole, Essex County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,037 miles [4,887.6 km] to the East


McCurtain County

Our profile page for North Pole, McCurtain County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,021 miles [4,861.8 km] to the East Southeast

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Nueces County

Our profile page for North Pole, Nueces County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Nueces County, 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' (or point-to-point) distance starting from North Pole. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- North Pole) 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 North Pole. 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 North Pole

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Pole. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 64.7514, Longitude: -147.3319     [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 North Pole 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 2.197 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 6.675 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 344.327 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 North Pole.


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