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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Goldendale [Map], which is the Seat of Klickitat County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Swale to Goldendale, 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.
  • Olympia [Map], which is the State Capital of Washington, lies 124 miles [199.6 km] to the Northwest (NW). 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 [Map]) is 2,267 miles [3,648.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 89 days and walking would take 129 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,873 miles [11,061 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 7,637 miles [12,290.6 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,735 miles [9,229.6 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Swale ...

While the name Swale is unique within Washington, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Washington

New York

Steuben County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Swale ...

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.

Blockhouse   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast of Swale   [Map]
Centerville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Crates (OR)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
English (OR) (Historic)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Gooseneck   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Klickitat   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Klickitat Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lyle   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Moody (OR)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

The official website for Klickitat County: www.klickitatcounty.org/

The official website for State of Washington: www.access.wa.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.7585, Longitude: -121.0723     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swale 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 Swale 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 339.734 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 341.006 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.068 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Swale 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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