“Why are there 5,280 feet in a mile?”

All Roman roads had mileage stones, set one thousand paces apart. The term “mile” comes from the Latin mille, one thousand. It was estimated that Roman army units marched at the rate of five feet per step.  The actual “mileage” of roads was standardized in 1959 at 1,609.344 meters – in the United States as 1760 yards.  


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