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Abernathy, Alabama
(Calhoun County)

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Abernathy to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Abernathy to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Abernathy once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Abernathy to:

  • Anniston [Map], which is the Seat of Calhoun County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Abernathy to Anniston, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 107 miles [172.2 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 5 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 590 miles [949.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,486 miles [10,438.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,193 miles [11,576 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,070 miles [8,159.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Abernathy ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Abernathy.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Abernathy. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 4 communities in the United States - with 5 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Haralson County

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


Rankin County

Our profile page for Abernathy, Rankin County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 265 miles [426.5 km] to the West Southwest


Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Abernathy, Lauderdale County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 261 miles [420 km] to the Northwest


Hale County

Our profile page for Abernathy, Hale County   [Map]
Distance: About 933 miles [1,501.5 km] to the West

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Abernathy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Abernathy. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Abernathy) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Abernathy. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Abernathy

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abernathy. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7968, Longitude: -85.5655     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Abernathy have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Abernathy to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 312.952 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.49 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.741 degrees.

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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 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Abernathy.


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