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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.
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 Eagle Hill. 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.
Musician. He was born on Thursday March 21, 1940 and died in Didsbury (Alberta) on Wednesday October 15, 2003 at the age of 63. He was buried at Didsbury Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].
Didsbury [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Eagle Hill
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 Eagle Hill to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Eagle Hill and extending to:
Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 125 miles [201.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could drive a straight line from Eagle Hill to Edmonton, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,796 miles [2,890.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 71 days and walking would take 102 days.
The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,370 miles [10,251.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,136 miles [11,484.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>
The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,218 miles [8,397.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>
Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Eagle Hill) to Point B.
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Eagle Hill. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 51.8167, Longitude: -114.3667 [Map].
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.
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.
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 Eagle Hill to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 334.502 degrees.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 335.384 degrees.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 322.032 degrees.