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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Magrath 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 Magrath to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 286 miles [460.3 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Magrath to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 17 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 12 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,740 miles [2,800.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 68 days and walking would take 99 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,489 miles [10,443 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 7,258 miles [11,680.6 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,307 miles [8,540.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Magrath ...

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.

Chin   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the Northeast of Magrath   [Map]

Coaldale   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Diamond City   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Maybutt (Historic)   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Monarch   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Picture Butte   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Raymond   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Stand Off   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Whiskey Gap   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the South   [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 Magrath. 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.

Colin Archibald Low

Filmmaker, director, producer. He was born in Cardston (Alberta) on Saturday July 24, 1926 and died in Montreal (Quebec) on Wednesday February 24, 2016 at an age of 89.

Cardston [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Magrath

Fay Wray     (Vina Fay Wray)

Actress. She was born in Cardston (Alberta) on Sunday September 15, 1907 and died in New York (New York) on Sunday August 8, 2004 at an age of 96. She was buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cardston [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Magrath

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fay Wray<7>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Magrath. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Magrath. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Magrath

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Magrath. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 49.4174, Longitude: -112.8686     [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 Magrath 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 333.239 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 333.747 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.421 degrees.

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<7>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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