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The location of Olds









Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 124 miles [199.6 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Olds to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>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 7 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 1,785 miles [2,872.7 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 6,367 miles [10,246.7 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 7,133 miles [11,479.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,212 miles [8,387.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Olds ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Olds.

While the name Olds is unique within Alberta, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alberta

Iowa

Henry County

Our profile page for Olds, Henry County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,292 miles [2,079.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Kansas

Miami County

Our profile page for Olds, Miami County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

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

Michigan

Branch County

Our profile page for Olds, Branch County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

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

North Carolina

Currituck County

Our profile page for Olds, Currituck County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,149 miles [3,458.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Tennessee

Wayne County

Our profile page for Olds, Wayne County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

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

Washington

Chelan County

Our profile page for Olds, Chelan County   [Map]

Distance: About 407 miles [655 km] to the Southwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Olds ...

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.

Dickson   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Northwest of Olds   [Map]

Dogpound   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Eagle Hill   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Markerville   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Raven   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Springbrook   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Spruce View   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Sunnyslope   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the East   [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 Olds. 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.

Gary Ralph Buck

Musician. He was born on Thursday March 21, 1940 and died in Didsbury (Alberta) on Wednesday October 15, 2003 at an age of 63. He was buried at Didsbury Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Didsbury [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the south of Olds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Ralph Buck<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alberta

About Alberta

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Olds: www.olds.ca/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Olds) 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 Olds. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Olds

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olds. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 51.7833, Longitude: -114.1000     [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 Olds 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 334.286 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 335.136 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.861 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Olds 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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<8>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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