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

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

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

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 69 miles [111 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could walk a straight line from Pelican to Juneau, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,896 miles [4,660.7 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take 6 days, a buggy would take 114 days and walking would take 165 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,212 miles [9,997.2 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 6,942 miles [11,172.1 km] and it lies to the North (N).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,301 miles [8,531.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Pelican ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Pelican.

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


Communities Located Beyond Alaska

Alberta

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Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the .

Louisiana

De Soto Parish

Our profile page for Pelican, De Soto Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 2,680 miles [4,313 km] to the East Southeast

Ontario

Our profile page for Pelican   [Map]
Distance: About 1,835 miles [2,953.1 km] to the East

Texas

Liberty County

Our profile page for Pelican, Liberty County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,719 miles [4,375.8 km] to the East Southeast

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Wisconsin

Forest County

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

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The official website for Pelican: www.pelican.net/

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Pelican. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pelican) 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 Pelican. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Pelican

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pelican. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 57.9589, Longitude: -136.2248     [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 Pelican 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 352.748 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 356.261 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 336.581 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 Pelican.



 
 
 

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