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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Beulah [Map], which is the Seat of Benzie County, lies just to the East.
  • Lansing [Map], which is the State Capital of Michigan, lies 156 miles [251.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Elberta to Lansing, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,000 miles [9,656.1 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 6,743 miles [10,851.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,633 miles [7,456.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Elberta ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Elberta.

While the name Elberta is unique within Michigan, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Michigan

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Baldwin County

Our profile page for Elberta, Baldwin County   [Map]
Distance: About 983 miles [1,582 km] to the South


Calhoun County

Our profile page for Elberta, Calhoun County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the South Southwest

Howard County

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

Searcy County

Our profile page for Elberta, Searcy County   [Map]
Distance: About 689 miles [1,108.8 km] to the South Southwest

Yell County

Our profile page for Elberta, Yell County   [Map]
Distance: About 747 miles [1,202.2 km] to the South Southwest

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Houston County

Our profile page for Elberta, Houston County   [Map]
Distance: About 837 miles [1,347 km] to the South

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Reynolds County

Our profile page for Elberta, Reynolds County
Although located in Reynolds County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Niagara County

Our profile page for Elberta, Niagara County   [Map]
Distance: About 377 miles [606.7 km] to the East Southeast

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North Carolina

Moore County

Our profile page for Elberta, Moore County   [Map]
Distance: About 732 miles [1,178 km] to the South Southeast

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Blair County

Our profile page for Elberta, Blair County   [Map]
Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the East Southeast

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Smith County

Our profile page for Elberta, Smith County   [Map]
Distance: About 979 miles [1,575.5 km] to the South Southwest

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Utah County

Our profile page for Elberta, Utah County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,346 miles [2,166.2 km] to the West

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Elberta ...

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.

Bear Lake   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South of Elberta   [Map]
Edgewater   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Empire   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Henry (Historic)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Honor   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Jacktown (Historic)   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Malcolm   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Pilgrim   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Elberta. 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 'straight-line' distance that starts in Elberta. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Elberta) 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 Elberta. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Elberta

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elberta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.6201, Longitude: -86.2271     [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 Elberta 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 313.433 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.588 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.992 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 Elberta, 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 Elberta 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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