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The location of Afognak









Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Afognak 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 town such as Afognak to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Afognak once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Afognak and extending to:

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 666 miles [1,071.8 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Afognak to Juneau, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 38 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 26 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,496 miles [5,626.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 137 days and walking would take 199 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,210 miles [9,994 km] and it lies to the North (N).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,895 miles [11,096.4 km] and it lies to the North (N).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,476 miles [8,812.8 km] and it lies to the North (N).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Afognak ...

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.

Eagle Harbor   -   40 miles [64.4 km] to the South of Afognak   [Map]

Womens Bay   -   23 miles [37 km] to the South   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Afognak, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<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- Afognak) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Afognak. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Afognak

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Afognak. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 58.0221, Longitude: -152.7652     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Afognak have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Afognak to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 6.795 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 11.887 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 348.858 degrees.

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