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Big Lake, Alaska

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Big Lake 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 Big Lake to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 580 miles [933.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Big Lake 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 3,358 miles [5,404.2 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 5,980 miles [9,623.9 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 6,676 miles [10,744 km] and it lies to the North (N).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,220 miles [8,400.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Big Lake ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Big Lake.

While the name Big Lake is unique within Alaska, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alaska

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Mississippi County

Our profile page for Big Lake, Mississippi County   [Map]

Distance: About 3,096 miles [4,982.5 km] to the East.


Noble County

Our profile page for Big Lake, Noble County

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

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


Sherburne County

Our profile page for Big Lake, Sherburne County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,469 miles [3,973.5 km] to the East.


Noxubee County

Our profile page for Big Lake, Noxubee County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 3,312 miles [5,330.1 km] to the East.


Holt County

Our profile page for Big Lake, Holt County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,693 miles [4,334 km] to the East.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Big Lake

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

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


Our profile page for Big Lake   [Map]

Distance: About 2,830 miles [4,554.4 km] to the East.


Reagan County

Our profile page for Big Lake, Reagan County   [Map]

Distance: About 3,003 miles [4,832.9 km] to the East Southeast.


Skagit County

Our profile page for Big Lake, Skagit County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,405 miles [2,261.1 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Big Lake ...

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.

Birchwood   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast of Big Lake   [Map]

Cottonwood   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Eagle River   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

John Fitzgerald Kennedy City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Knik   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Meadow Lakes   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Nancy Lake   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Peters Creek   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East   [Map]

Willow   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Willow Lake   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [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 Big Lake. 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 (Alaska) on Sunday May 29, 1983 at an age of 85. She was buried at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery (Anchorage Municipality, Alaska) [Map].

Anchorage [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Big Lake

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 (Alaska) on Thursday September 12, 1940 at an age of 74. He was buried at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery (Anchorage Municipality, Alaska) [Map].

Anchorage [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Big Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sydney Mortimer Laurence

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.5129, Longitude: -149.9862     [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 Big Lake 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 4.445 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 9.192 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 346.595 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 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 Big Lake 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 Big Lake, 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:

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