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Shepard, Alberta

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 180 miles [289.7 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Shepard to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 11 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,778 miles [2,861.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 70 days and walking would take 101 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,415 miles [10,323.9 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 7,182 miles [11,558.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,252 miles [8,452.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shepard ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Shepard.

While the name Shepard is unique within Alberta, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alberta

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Union County

Our profile page for Shepard, Union County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,165 miles [1,874.9 km] to the East Southeast


Iron County

Our profile page for Shepard, Iron County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,449 miles [2,331.9 km] to the East Southeast

North Carolina

Durham County

Our profile page for Shepard, Durham County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Durham County, we don't know the location of this community within the .

North Dakota

Griggs County

Our profile page for Shepard, Griggs County   [Map]
Distance: About 751 miles [1,208.6 km] to the East Southeast

Pembina County

Our profile page for Shepard, Pembina County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Pembina County, we don't know the location of this community within the .

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Franklin County

Our profile page for Shepard, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,663 miles [2,676.3 km] to the East Southeast

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South Carolina

Kershaw County

Our profile page for Shepard, Kershaw County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,020 miles [3,250.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Haywood County

Our profile page for Shepard, Haywood County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Haywood County, we don't know the location of this community within the .

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shepard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 50.9518, Longitude: -113.9079     [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 Shepard 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 334.115 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 334.874 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.865 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 Shepard, 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shepard.