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Communities Also Named Opal ...

We have found thirteen communities that share the name Opal.

Within Alberta, the name Opal is unique.

Beyond Alberta, we know of another thirteen communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Conecuh County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Alabama community of Opal [Conecuh County].
    • Arkansas
      • Lonoke County
      • This Opal is located in Lonoke County and lies 1,659 miles [2,669.9 km]<2> to the southeast.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Opal
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lonoke County community of Opal.
      • Polk County
      • This Opal is located in Polk County and lies 1,636 miles [2,632.9 km] to the southeast.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Opal
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Polk County community of Opal.
      • White County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Arkansas community of Opal [White County].
    • Michigan
      • Baraga County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Opal [Baraga County].
    • Missouri
      • Lawrence County
      • This Opal is located in Lawrence County and lies 1,494 miles [2,404.4 km]<2> to the southeast.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Opal
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lawrence County community of Opal.
    • New Mexico
      • Otero County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Otero County, we don't know where within the .
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Otero County community of Opal.
    • South Dakota
      • Meade County
      • This Opal is located in Meade County and lies 792 miles [1,274.6 km]<2> to the southeast.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Opal
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Meade County community of Opal.
    • Virginia
      • Fauquier County
      • This Opal is located in Fauquier County and lies 1,965 miles [3,162.4 km]<2> to the east southeast.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Opal
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fauquier County community of Opal.
    • West Virginia
      • Nicholas County
      • This Opal is located in Nicholas County and lies 1,864 miles [2,999.8 km]<2> to the east southeast.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Opal
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Nicholas County community of Opal.
    • Wisconsin
      • Marathon County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Wisconsin community of Opal [Marathon County].
    • Wyoming
      • Lincoln County
      • This Opal is located in Lincoln County and lies 856 miles [1,377.6 km]<2> to the south.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Opal
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lincoln County community of Opal.
      • Uinta County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Wyoming community of Opal [Uinta County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Opal ...

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.

  • Bon Accord
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bon Accord came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<4>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bon Accord
    • Bon Accord lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the southwest of Opal
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bon Accord
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bon Accord<5>
  • Carbondale
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carbondale came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<4>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carbondale
    • Carbondale lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Opal
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carbondale
  • Clyde
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clyde
    • Clyde lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the northwest of Opal
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clyde
  • Deerland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Deerland came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<4>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deerland
    • Deerland lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the southeast of Opal
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deerland
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Hollow Lake
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hollow Lake came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<4>
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hollow Lake
      • Hollow Lake lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the northeast of Opal
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollow Lake
    • Legal
    • Redwater
    • Sprucefield
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sprucefield came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<4>
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sprucefield
      • Sprucefield lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the northeast of Opal
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sprucefield
    • Star
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Star came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<4>
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Star
      • Star lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the southeast of Opal
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Star
    • Weasel Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Weasel Creek came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<4>
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weasel Creek
      • Weasel Creek lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Opal
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weasel Creek

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 Opal. 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.

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    • Greg Polis     (Professional hockey)
      • Professional hockey. He was born in Westlock (Alberta) on Tueday August 8, 1950 and died in Victoria (British Columbia) on Sunday March 18, 2018 at the age of 67. He is buried at Dapp Cemetery (Alberta).
      • Westlock is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Opal.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Greg Polis<6>

How Far From Opal to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Opal to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Opal and extending to:

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    • Edmonton, which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<2> to the south southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Opal to Edmonton, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
    • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON) is 1,753 miles [2,821.2 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of three days, a buggy would take 69 days and walking would take 100 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,212 miles [9,997.2 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,978 miles [11,230 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,069 miles [8,157.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Opal 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.
<2>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 drawn from Point A (ie- Opal) 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 Opal. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Opal

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Opal. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 54.0216, Longitude: -113.2361    
<3>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 Opal, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>If we have found a location and have questions about the accuracy of our information, we will simply say that the marker is 'in the vicinity'. We are not confident about the location and the position of our marker is only a rough guide. If we have too many doubts about the location, we will not include it in our database.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Opal to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 333.606 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 334.55 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 320.896 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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