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Akron, Alabama

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

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

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

  • Greensboro [Map], which is the Seat of Hale County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Akron to Greensboro, with an average speed<2> 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 four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 93 miles [149.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). 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 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 728 miles [1,171.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 42 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,621 miles [10,655.5 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 7,330 miles [11,796.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,207 miles [8,379.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Akron ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Akron.

While the name Akron is unique within Alabama, we know of another 18 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Independence County

Our profile page for Akron, Independence County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the Northwest


Washington County

Our profile page for Akron, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 992 miles [1,596.5 km] to the Northwest


Peoria County

Our profile page for Akron, Peoria County   [Map]
Distance: About 564 miles [907.7 km] to the North


Fulton County

Our profile page for Akron, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the North

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Plymouth County

Our profile page for Akron, Plymouth County   [Map]
Distance: About 837 miles [1,347 km] to the North Northwest

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Cowley County

Our profile page for Akron, Cowley County   [Map]
Distance: About 607 miles [976.9 km] to the Northwest

Dickinson County

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

Douglas County

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

Kingman County

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

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Tuscola County

Our profile page for Akron, Tuscola County   [Map]
Distance: About 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Kemper County

Our profile page for Akron, Kemper County   [Map]
Distance: About 46 miles [74 km] to the West

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Harrison County

Our profile page for Akron, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 625 miles [1,005.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Boone County

Our profile page for Akron, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 839 miles [1,350.2 km] to the Northwest

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Erie County

Our profile page for Akron, Erie County   [Map]
Distance: About 861 miles [1,385.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Summit County

Our profile page for Akron, Summit County   [Map]
Distance: About 661 miles [1,063.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Our profile page for Akron   [Map]
Distance: About 1,122 miles [1,805.7 km] to the North

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Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Akron, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,431 miles [2,303 km] to the West Northwest

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West Virginia

Tyler County

Our profile page for Akron, Tyler County   [Map]
Distance: About 593 miles [954.3 km] to the Northeast

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Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Hale County

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Akron. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Akron) 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 Akron. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Akron

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Akron. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8785, Longitude: -87.7428     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Akron 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 Akron 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 314.199 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.805 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.805 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 Akron, 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 Akron.


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