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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Black Diamond 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 town such as Black Diamond to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 200 miles [321.9 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Black Diamond to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 12 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 8 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,793 miles [2,885.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 70 days and walking would take 102 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,438 miles [10,361 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,205 miles [11,595.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,276 miles [8,490.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Black Diamond ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Black Diamond.

While the name Black Diamond is unique within Alberta, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alberta

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Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Black Diamond, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,818 miles [2,925.8 km] to the East Southeast

Arizona

Cochise County

Our profile page for Black Diamond, Cochise County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,319 miles [2,122.7 km] to the South

Arkansas

Miller County

Our profile page for Black Diamond, Miller County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,588 miles [2,555.6 km] to the Southeast

Florida

Citrus County

Our profile page for Black Diamond, Citrus County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,227 miles [3,584 km] to the East Southeast

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Indiana

Clark County

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

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Kentucky

Muhlenberg County

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

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Ohio

Fairfield County

Our profile page for Black Diamond, Fairfield County
This community is historic.
Although located in Fairfield County, we don't know the location of this community within the .

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Pennsylvania

Washington County

Our profile page for Black Diamond, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,793 miles [2,885.6 km] to the East

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Black Diamond, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 421 miles [677.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Black Diamond ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Blackie   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the East of Black Diamond   [Map]
Forest Lawn   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Heritage Woods   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the North   [Map]
High River   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Janet   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Jumping Pound   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Longview   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Valley Ridge   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Vista Heights   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Black Diamond. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Joe Clark     (Charles Joseph Clark)
  20th Prime Minister of Canada (June 1979 - March 1980). He was born in High River (Alberta) on Monday June 5, 1939

High River [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast of Black Diamond
 
Norman Alexander Mervyn 'Red' Dutton
  Professional hockey. He was born in Russell (Manitoba) on Friday July 23, 1897 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Sunday March 15, 1987 at an age of 89. He was buried at Union Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Black Diamond

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Norman Alexander Mervyn 'Red' Dutton<9>
 
James Norman 'Dutch' Gainor
  Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Sunday April 10, 1904 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday January 16, 1962 at an age of 57. He was buried at Union Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Black Diamond

Calgary [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Black Diamond

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Norman 'Dutch' Gainor
 
Cecil Ralph 'Tiny' Thompson
  Professional hockey. He was born in Sandon (British Columbia) on Sunday May 31, 1903 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Monday February 9, 1981 at an age of 77. He was buried at Burnsland Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Black Diamond

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cecil Ralph 'Tiny' Thompson
 
Paul Ivan Thompson
  Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday November 2, 1906 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday September 13, 1991 at an age of 84. He was buried at Burnsland Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Black Diamond

Calgary [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Black Diamond

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Ivan Thompson

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Black Diamond: www.town.blackdiamond.ab.ca/

The official website for Province of Alberta: www.alberta.ca/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Black Diamond. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Black Diamond) 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 Black Diamond. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Black Diamond

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Black Diamond. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 50.6860, Longitude: -114.2347     [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 Black Diamond 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 angle) to Jerusalem is 334.372 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 335.146 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 322.118 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 Black Diamond, 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 (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Black Diamond could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong . 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 - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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