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Big Lake, Alaska

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Big Lake 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 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 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

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Holt County

Our profile page for Big Lake, Holt County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,693 miles [4,334 km] to the East

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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 .

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Our profile page for Big Lake   [Map]
Distance: About 2,830 miles [4,554.4 km] to the East

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Reagan County

Our profile page for Big Lake, Reagan County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,003 miles [4,832.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Skagit County

Our profile page for Big Lake, Skagit County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,405 miles [2,261.1 km] to the East Southeast

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The official website for Big Lake: www.biglake-ak.com/

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Big Lake. 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 that we are using 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 the angle) to Jerusalem is 4.445 degrees.

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

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the 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 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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<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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Big Lake.