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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

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

  • Heflin [Map], which is the Seat of Cleburne County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Abel to Heflin, with an average speed<2> 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.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 88 miles [141.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 607 miles [976.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). 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 6,504 miles [10,467.2 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 7,210 miles [11,603.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,087 miles [8,186.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Abel ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Abel.

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

In addition to the above occurrences of Abel, we know of 2 communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Communities located beyond Alabama

Communities located internationally


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Georgia

Houston County

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

Nebraska

Saunders County

Our profile page for Abel, Saunders County   [Map]
Distance: About 780 miles [1,255.3 km] to the Northwest


Communities Located Internationally

Just a reminder: Our measurements are based on the Great Circle Route. See footnote <3>


Ethiopia   [Map]

Distance: About 7,859 miles [12,647.8 km] to the East Northeast

Mozambique   [Map]

Distance: About 8,833 miles [14,215.3 km] to the East

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Abel. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Abel) 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 Abel. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Abel

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5487, Longitude: -85.7125     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Abel 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 Abel 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 the angle) to Jerusalem is 313.026 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.541 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.855 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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