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Altoona, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Altoona to ...

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

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

  • Gadsden [Map], which is the Seat of Etowah County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Altoona to Gadsden, 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 five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 116 miles [186.7 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 614 miles [988.1 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 6,506 miles [10,470.4 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 7,216 miles [11,613 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,092 miles [8,194.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Altoona ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Altoona.

While the name Altoona is unique within Alabama, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Lake County

Our profile page for Altoona, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 444 miles [714.5 km] to the Southeast


Polk County

Our profile page for Altoona, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 654 miles [1,052.5 km] to the Northwest


Wilson County

Our profile page for Altoona, Wilson County   [Map]
Distance: About 576 miles [927 km] to the West Northwest


Madison Parish

Our profile page for Altoona, Madison Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Pipestone County

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

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Jackson County

Our profile page for Altoona, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 407 miles [655 km] to the North Northeast

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Blair County

Our profile page for Altoona, Blair County   [Map]
Distance: About 623 miles [1,002.6 km] to the Northeast

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Beadle County

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

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Wahkiakum County

Our profile page for Altoona, Wahkiakum County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,119 miles [3,410.2 km] to the Northwest

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Eau Claire County

Our profile page for Altoona, Eau Claire County   [Map]
Distance: About 792 miles [1,274.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Altoona. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0331, Longitude: -86.3136     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Altoona 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 Altoona 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 313.412 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.054 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.987 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Altoona.


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