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Ashford, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Dothan [Map], which is the Seat of Houston County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Ashford to Dothan, 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 100 miles [160.9 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 705 miles [1,134.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,595 miles [10,613.6 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 7,289 miles [11,730.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,171 miles [8,321.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ashford ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Ashford.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Ashford. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 11 communities in the United States - with 12 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

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Crittenden County

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


Windham County

Our profile page for Ashford, Windham County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,034 miles [1,664.1 km] to the Northeast


Charles County

Our profile page for Ashford, Charles County   [Map]
Distance: About 696 miles [1,120.1 km] to the Northeast


Redwood County

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

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Banner County

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

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New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for Ashford, Cattaraugus County   [Map]
Distance: About 851 miles [1,369.6 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

McDowell County

Our profile page for Ashford, McDowell County   [Map]
Distance: About 374 miles [601.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Pierce County

Our profile page for Ashford, Pierce County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,220 miles [3,572.7 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Boone County

Our profile page for Ashford, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 522 miles [840.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Fond du Lac County

Our profile page for Ashford, Fond du Lac County   [Map]
Distance: About 873 miles [1,405 km] to the North

Richland County

Our profile page for Ashford, Richland County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 887 miles [1,427.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ashford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1854, Longitude: -85.2366     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ashford 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 Ashford 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 312.601 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 307.722 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.182 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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<8>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 Ashford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ashford.


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