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Acton, Alabama
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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 79 miles [127.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Acton to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 658 miles [1,058.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,553 miles [10,546 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 7,261 miles [11,685.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,138 miles [8,268.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Acton ...

We have found 24 communities that share the name Acton.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Acton. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 20 communities in the United States and Canada - with 19 of those located in the United States.

In addition to the above occurrences of Acton, we know of 3 communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into three sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama

Communities located internationally


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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 CaliforniaMaineNew BrunswickOntario
 FloridaMassachusettsNew JerseySouth Carolina
 GeorgiaMinnesotaNorth CarolinaTennessee
 IndianaMontanaNorth DakotaTexas
 KentuckyNevadaOhioWashington

California

Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Acton, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,796 miles [2,890.4 km] to the West Northwest

Florida

Polk County

Our profile page for Acton, Polk County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 467 miles [751.6 km] to the Southeast

Georgia

Harris County

Our profile page for Acton, Harris County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 113 miles [181.9 km] to the East Southeast

Indiana

Marion County

Our profile page for Acton, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 432 miles [695.2 km] to the North

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Kentucky

Taylor County

Our profile page for Acton, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 283 miles [455.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Maine

York County

Our profile page for Acton, York County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,100 miles [1,770.3 km] to the Northeast

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Massachusetts

Middlesex County

Our profile page for Acton, Middlesex County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,039 miles [1,672.1 km] to the Northeast

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Minnesota

Meeker County

Our profile page for Acton, Meeker County   [Map]
Distance: About 908 miles [1,461.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Montana

Yellowstone County

Our profile page for Acton, Yellowstone County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,443 miles [2,322.3 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Clark County

Our profile page for Acton, Clark County
This community is historic.
Although located in Clark County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Acton   [Map]
Distance: About 1,346 miles [2,166.2 km] to the Northeast

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New Jersey

Salem County

Our profile page for Acton, Salem County   [Map]
Distance: About 757 miles [1,218.3 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Buncombe County

Our profile page for Acton, Buncombe County   [Map]
Distance: About 275 miles [442.6 km] to the East Northeast

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North Dakota

Walsh County

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

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Ohio

Marion County

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

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Ontario

Our profile page for Acton   [Map]
Distance: About 791 miles [1,273 km] to the North Northeast

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South Carolina

Richland County

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

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Tennessee

McNairy County

Our profile page for Acton, McNairy County   [Map]
Distance: About 147 miles [236.6 km] to the Northwest

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Texas

Hood County

Our profile page for Acton, Hood County   [Map]
Distance: About 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the West

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Washington

Benton County

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

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Communities Located Internationally

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


Northern Ireland   [Map]

Distance: About 4,009 miles [6,451.9 km] to the Northeast

England

- Shropshire   [Map]

Distance: About 4,177 miles [6,722.2 km] to the Northeast

- London   [Map]

Distance: About 4,308 miles [6,933.1 km] to the Northeast

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Acton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4268, Longitude: -86.7353     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Acton 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 Acton 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 313.63 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.222 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.289 degrees.

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<7>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 Acton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Acton.



 
 
 

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