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Whittier, Alaska

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 526 miles [846.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Whittier 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 30 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 21 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,322 miles [5,346.2 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 130 days and walking would take 189 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,034 miles [9,710.8 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 6,733 miles [10,835.7 km] and it lies to the North (N).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,259 miles [8,463.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Whittier ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Whittier.

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

Communities Outside of Alaska

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Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Whittier, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,297 miles [3,696.7 km] to the Southeast


Osceola County

Our profile page for Whittier, Osceola County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,805 miles [6,123.6 km] to the East


Linn County

Our profile page for Whittier, Linn County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,667 miles [4,292.1 km] to the East


Frederick County

Our profile page for Whittier, Frederick County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,278 miles [5,275.4 km] to the East

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Whittier, Lincoln County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Lincoln County, we don't know the location of this community within the .

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New Hampshire

Carroll County

Our profile page for Whittier, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,250 miles [5,230.4 km] to the East Northeast

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North Carolina

Jackson County

Our profile page for Whittier, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,298 miles [5,307.6 km] to the East

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Tulsa County

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

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Kittitas County

Our profile page for Whittier, Kittitas County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,430 miles [2,301.4 km] to the East Southeast

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The official website for Whittier: www.ci.whittier.ak.us/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whittier. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 60.7746, Longitude: -148.6860     [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 Whittier 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 3.336 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 7.989 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 345.654 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Whittier.