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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Crown Point [Map], which is the Seat of Lake County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Aetna to Crown Point, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Indianapolis [Map], which is the State Capital of Indiana, lies 139 miles [223.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 571 miles [918.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 33 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,183 miles [9,950.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,921 miles [11,138.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,803 miles [7,729.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Aetna ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Aetna.

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

Communities Outside of Indiana

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Geneva County

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


Our profile page for Aetna   [Map]
Distance: About 1,353 miles [2,177.4 km] to the West Northwest


Craighead County

Our profile page for Aetna, Craighead County   [Map]
Distance: About 428 miles [688.8 km] to the South Southwest

Sharp County

Our profile page for Aetna, Sharp County   [Map]
Distance: About 449 miles [722.6 km] to the South Southwest

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Coles County

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

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Barber County

Our profile page for Aetna, Barber County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 696 miles [1,120.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Newaygo County

Our profile page for Aetna, Newaygo County   [Map]
Distance: About 153 miles [246.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Hickman County

Our profile page for Aetna, Hickman County   [Map]
Distance: About 410 miles [659.8 km] to the South

Marion County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Aetna ...

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.

Black Oak   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West of Aetna   [Map]
Gary   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Gerry Park   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Glen Park   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hobart   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Ivanhoe   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Liverpool   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Portage   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Willow Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Woodland Village   -   5 miles [8 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 Aetna. 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.

Anne Baxter
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Michigan City (Indiana) on Monday May 7, 1923 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday December 12, 1985 at an age of 62.

Michigan City [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Aetna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anne Baxter<9>
Michael Jackson     (Michael Joseph Jackson)
  Entertainer, musician, songwriter. He was born in Gary (Indiana) on Friday August 29, 1958 and died in West Los Angeles (California) on Thursday June 25, 2009 at an age of 50. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Gary [Map] is located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the west of Aetna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael Jackson
Gary Loizzo
  Musician. He was born in Chicago (Illinois) on Thursday August 16, 1945 and died in Orland Park (Illinois) on Saturday January 16, 2016 at an age of 70. He was buried at Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Chicago [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Aetna

Orland Park [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Aetna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Loizzo

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Indiana

About Lake County

About Indiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Aetna. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Aetna) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aetna. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5920, Longitude: -87.2895     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Aetna have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Aetna 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 314.21 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.033 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.481 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 Aetna 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 county. 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 Aetna, 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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