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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Alander, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alander and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Alander:
    • 42.056202, -73.466231
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Alander
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alander ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Boston Corner [Columbia County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boston Corner
    • Boston Corner [Columbia County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Alander
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boston Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boston Corner
  • Hammertown [Litchfield County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hammertown
    • Hammertown [Litchfield County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Alander
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hammertown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hammertown
  • Irondale [Dutchess County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irondale
    • Irondale [Dutchess County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Alander
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irondale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Irondale
  • Joyceville [Litchfield County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Joyceville
    • Joyceville [Litchfield County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Alander
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Joyceville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Joyceville
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    • Lakeville [Litchfield County]
    • Salisbury [Litchfield County]
    • Twin Lakes [Litchfield County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twin Lakes
      • Twin Lakes [Litchfield County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Alander
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Twin Lakes
    • Weed Mines [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weed Mines
      • Weed Mines [Columbia County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Alander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Weed Mines have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weed Mines
    • Whitehouse Crossing [Dutchess County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitehouse Crossing
      • Whitehouse Crossing [Dutchess County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Alander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whitehouse Crossing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitehouse Crossing

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 Alander. 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.

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    • Maryanne Amacher     (Composer)
      • Composer. She was born in Kane (PA) on February 25, 1938 (a Friday) and died in Rhinebeck (NY) on October 22, 2009 (a Thursday) at the age of 71. She is buried at Montrepose Cemetery (Ulster County, New York).
      • Rhinebeck is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Maryanne Amacher<4>
    • Mark Henry Belanger     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Pittsfield (MA) on June 8, 1944 (a Thursday) and died on October 6, 1998 (a Tueday) at the age of 54.
      • Pittsfield is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mark Henry Belanger<4>
    • Peter Bogdanovich     (Director, writer, actor, producer)
      • Director, writer, actor, producer. He was born in Kingston (NY) on July 30, 1939 (a Sunday) and died in Los Angeles (CA) on January 6, 2022 (a Thursday) at the age of 82. The body was cremated.
      • Kingston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peter Bogdanovich<4>
    • John Brown     (Abolitionist, activist)
      • Abolitionist, activist. He was born in Torrington (CT) on May 9, 1800 (a Friday) and died in Charles Town (WV) on December 2, 1859 (a Friday) at the age of 59.
      • Torrington is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown<4>
    • James Cagney     (Oscar winning actor)
      • Full name: James Francis Cagney
      • Oscar winning actor. He was born on July 17, 1899 (a Monday) and died in Stanfordville (NY) on March 30, 1986 (a Sunday) at the age of 86. He is buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • Stanfordville is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Cagney<4>
    • Andrew Carnegie     (Industrialist, philanthropist)
      • Industrialist, philanthropist. He was born in Dunfermline (Scotland) on November 25, 1835 (a Wednesday) and died in Lenox (MA) on August 11, 1919 (a Monday) at the age of 83. He is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • Lenox is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Carnegie<4>
    • John Francis 'Jack' Ferry     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Pittsfield (MA) on April 7, 1887 (a Thursday) and died in Pittsfield (MA) on August 29, 1954 (a Sunday) at the age of 67.
      • Pittsfield is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Alander.
      • Pittsfield is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Francis 'Jack' Ferry<4>
    • Carmen Filpi     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Pittsfield (MA) on March 22, 1923 (a Thursday) and died in Washington, DC on May 9, 2003 (a Friday) at the age of 80.
      • Pittsfield is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Carmen Filpi<4>
    • Dorothy Frooks     (Actress, author)
      • Actress, author. She was born in Saugerties (NY) on February 12, 1896 (a Wednesday) and died on April 13, 1997 (a Sunday) at the age of 101. She is buried at Calverton National Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York).
      • Saugerties is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dorothy Frooks<4>
    • William Gibson     (Playwright, author)
      • Playwright, author. He was born on November 13, 1914 (a Friday) and died in Stockbridge (MA) on November 25, 2008 (a Tueday) at the age of 94. The body was cremated.
      • Stockbridge is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Gibson<4>
    • Ulysses Franklin Grant     (Negro League Baseball)
      • Negro League Baseball. He was born in Pittsfield (MA) on August 1, 1865 (a Tueday) and died on May 27, 1937 (a Thursday) at the age of 71. He is buried at East Ridgelawn Cemetery (Passaic County, New Jersey).
      • Pittsfield is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ulysses Franklin Grant<4>
    • Mary Hannah Hanchett Hunt     (Social reformer)
    • Collis Huntington     (Railroad tycoon, industrialist)
      • Full name: Collis Potter Huntington
      • Railroad tycoon, industrialist. He was born in Harwinton (CT) on October 22, 1821 (a Monday) and died in Adirondack (NY) on August 13, 1900 (a Monday) at the age of 78. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx County, New York).
      • Harwinton is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Alander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Collis Huntington<4>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Alander and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Pittsfield, which is the Seat of Berkshire County and lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Alander to Pittsfield, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
    • Boston, which is the State Capital of Massachusetts, lies 124 miles [199.6 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 287 miles [461.9 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,617 miles [9,039.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,327 miles [10,182.3 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,203 miles [6,764.1 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

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The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alander) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alander. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0562, Longitude: -73.4662       In this case, the coordinates for Alander have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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: findagrave.com.
<5>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.
<6>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 Alander to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 305.465 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 301.197 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 301.805 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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