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The location of Anchorage









Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Anchorage 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 city such as Anchorage to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 571 miles [918.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Anchorage to Juneau, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 33 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 23 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,357 miles [5,402.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 132 days and walking would take 191 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,001 miles [9,657.7 km] and it lies to the North (N).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,697 miles [10,777.8 km] and it lies to the North (N).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,239 miles [8,431.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Anchorage ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Anchorage.

While the name Anchorage is unique within Alaska, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alaska

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Illinois

Cook County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Cook County

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

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

Indiana

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Hamilton County   [Map]

Distance: About 3,006 miles [4,837.7 km] to the East.

Kentucky

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 3,110 miles [5,005.1 km] to the East.

Louisiana

West Baton Rouge Parish

Our profile page for Anchorage, West Baton Rouge Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 3,360 miles [5,407.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Maryland

Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Anne Arundel County   [Map]

Distance: About 3,373 miles [5,428.3 km] to the East.

Talbot County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Talbot County   [Map]

Distance: About 3,392 miles [5,458.9 km] to the East.

Mississippi

Coahoma County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Coahoma County

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

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

Humphreys County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Humphreys County   [Map]

Distance: About 3,239 miles [5,212.7 km] to the East.

New Jersey

Ocean County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Ocean County   [Map]

Distance: About 3,392 miles [5,458.9 km] to the East.

Rhode Island

Newport County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Newport County

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

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

Texas

Atascosa County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Atascosa County   [Map]

Distance: About 3,203 miles [5,154.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Davis County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,098 miles [3,376.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Wisconsin

Buffalo County

Our profile page for Anchorage, Buffalo County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 2,585 miles [4,160.2 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Anchorage ...

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 River   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast of Anchorage   [Map]

Green Acres   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Homesite Park   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

John Fitzgerald Kennedy City   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Knik Heights   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Mountain View   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Rogers Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

Turnagain Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Wonder Park   -   2 miles [3.2 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 Anchorage. 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.

Ada Blackjack Johnson     (Born as Ada Blackjack Delutuk)

Explorer. She was born in Solomon (Alaska) on Tueday May 10, 1898 and died in Anchorage on Sunday May 29, 1983 at an age of 85. She was buried at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery (Anchorage Municipality, Alaska) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ada Blackjack Johnson<9>

Sydney Mortimer Laurence

Artist. He was born in Brooklyn (New York) on Saturday October 14, 1865 and died in Anchorage on Thursday September 12, 1940 at an age of 74. He was buried at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery (Anchorage Municipality, Alaska) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sydney Mortimer Laurence

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Anchorage. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.2166, Longitude: -149.8669     [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 Anchorage 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 4.342 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 9.086 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 346.522 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 Anchorage 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>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 Anchorage, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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: findagrave.com.

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