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Altona, British Columbia

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Altona 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 community such as Altona to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

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

  • Victoria [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of British Columbia, lies 593 miles [954.3 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Altona to Victoria, 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 34 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 24 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 2,065 miles [3,323.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 4 days, a buggy would take 81 days and walking would take 118 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,148 miles [9,894.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,906 miles [11,114.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,089 miles [8,190 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Altona ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Altona.

While the name Altona is unique within British Columbia, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of British Columbia

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Boulder County

Our profile page for Altona, Boulder County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,353 miles [2,177.4 km] to the Southeast


Knox County

Our profile page for Altona, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,743 miles [2,805.1 km] to the East Southeast


DeKalb County

Our profile page for Altona, DeKalb County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,906 miles [3,067.4 km] to the East Southeast


Marshall County

Our profile page for Altona, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,021 miles [3,252.5 km] to the East Southeast

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Our profile page for Altona   [Map]
Distance: About 1,101 miles [1,771.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Mecosta County

Our profile page for Altona, Mecosta County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,793 miles [2,885.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Bates County

Our profile page for Altona, Bates County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,758 miles [2,829.2 km] to the Southeast

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Wayne County

Our profile page for Altona, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,466 miles [2,359.3 km] to the Southeast

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Clinton County

Our profile page for Altona, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,165 miles [3,484.2 km] to the East

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Kingfisher County

Our profile page for Altona, Kingfisher County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,798 miles [2,893.6 km] to the Southeast

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Our profile page for Altona   [Map]
Distance: About 1,998 miles [3,215.5 km] to the East

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Big Horn County

Our profile page for Altona, Big Horn County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Big Horn County, we don't know the location of this community within the .

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Altona ...

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.

Buick   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest of Altona   [Map]
Peejay   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Rose Prairie   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the South   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Altona. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 56.9000, Longitude: -120.9000     [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 Altona 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 339.881 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 341.818 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 325.68 degrees.

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<7>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 Altona, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Altona 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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