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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Milk River 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 town such as Milk River to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 309 miles [497.3 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Milk River to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 18 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 1,706 miles [2,745.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 67 days and walking would take 97 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,490 miles [10,444.6 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 5,299 miles [8,527.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Milk River ...

While the name Milk River is unique within Alberta, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alberta

Montana

Dawson County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Milk River ...

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   -   45 miles [72.4 km] to the North of Milk River   [Map]
Coaldale   -   46 miles [74 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Foremost   -   36 miles [57.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Grassy Lake   -   50 miles [80.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Legend (Historic)   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Maybutt (Historic)   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Raymond   -   34 miles [54.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Skiff   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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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 Milk River. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Milk River) 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 Milk River. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Milk River

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Milk River. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 49.1519, Longitude: -112.0843     [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 Milk River 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 332.605 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 332.997 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 320.959 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 (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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Milk River 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Milk River.