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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Aral to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Aral to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Aral once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Aral to:

  • Beulah [Map], which is the Seat of Benzie County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Aral to Beulah, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Lansing [Map], which is the State Capital of Michigan, lies 160 miles [257.5 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 7 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 615 miles [989.7 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,988 miles [9,636.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,731 miles [10,832.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,621 miles [7,436.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Aral ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Aral.

While the name Aral is unique within Michigan, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Michigan

Kansas

Butler County

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

Virginia

Carroll County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Aral ...

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.

Cedar Run   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East of Aral   [Map]
Edgewater   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Empire   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Glen Haven (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Honor   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jacktown (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Lake Ann   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Maple City   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pilgrim   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Aral, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Aral. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Aral) 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 Aral. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Aral

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aral. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.7624, Longitude: -86.0747     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Aral have been estimated.

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<3>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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<4>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 Aral to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.324 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.486 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.864 degrees.

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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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Aral 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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