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Ralston, Alberta

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The location of Ralston

Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 248 miles [399.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Ralston to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 14 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,661 miles [2,673.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 65 days and walking would take 95 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,404 miles [10,306.2 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 7,172 miles [11,542.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,215 miles [8,392.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ralston ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Ralston.

While the name Ralston is unique within Alberta, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alberta

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Placer County

Our profile page for Ralston, Placer County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 904 miles [1,454.8 km] to the Southwest.


Carroll County

Our profile page for Ralston, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 970 miles [1,561.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Our profile page for Ralston   [Map]

Distance: About 476 miles [766 km] to the East.


Baltimore County

Our profile page for Ralston, Baltimore County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,826 miles [2,938.7 km] to the East.


Forrest County

Our profile page for Ralston, Forrest County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,730 miles [2,784.2 km] to the Southeast.


Silver Bow County

Our profile page for Ralston, Silver Bow County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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


Douglas County

Our profile page for Ralston, Douglas County   [Map]

Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the Southeast.


Nye County

Our profile page for Ralston, Nye County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 924 miles [1,487 km] to the South Southwest.

New Jersey

Morris County

Our profile page for Ralston, Morris County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,863 miles [2,998.2 km] to the East.

North Dakota

Ward County

Our profile page for Ralston, Ward County   [Map]

Distance: About 458 miles [737.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Pawnee County

Our profile page for Ralston, Pawnee County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,189 miles [1,913.5 km] to the Southeast.


Lycoming County

Our profile page for Ralston, Lycoming County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,734 miles [2,790.6 km] to the East.


Weakley County

Our profile page for Ralston, Weakley County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,469 miles [2,364.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Adams County

Our profile page for Ralston, Adams County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the West Southwest.


Park County

Our profile page for Ralston, Park County   [Map]

Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the South Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ralston ...

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.

Bow Island   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the South of Ralston   [Map]

Dunmore   -   32 miles [51.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Goat   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Medicine Hat   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Redcliff   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rolling Hills   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Seven Persons   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Sevenpersons   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Southeast   [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 Ralston. 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.

Joseph Henry Fisher

Professional hockey. He was born in Medicine Hat (Alberta) on Tueday July 4, 1916 and died in Medicine Hat (Alberta) on Saturday April 13, 2002 at an age of 85.

Medicine Hat [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Ralston

Medicine Hat [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph Henry Fisher<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Province of Alberta:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ralston) 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 Ralston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ralston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ralston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 50.2500, Longitude: -111.1833     [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 Ralston 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 331.917 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 332.306 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 320.211 degrees.

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<7>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 Ralston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Ralston 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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<9>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:

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