Facts and Quotes:
Why is a mile 5280 feet? The Romans set the measurement of the mile as the distance a soldier could march in one thousand double steps. Which turned out to be about 5000 feet, not exact by any means. Then in 1575, Queen Elizabeth I of England proclaimed that the length of a mile be increased to 5280 feet, so that it could be easily divided by the furlong (which is 660 feet). So eight furlongs is a mile. The furlong was the length of a plowed furrow in a ordinary field.