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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

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

  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 172 miles [276.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Athens to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 616 miles [991.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,497 miles [10,455.9 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 7,211 miles [11,605 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,087 miles [8,186.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Athens ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Athens.

While the name Athens is unique within Alabama, we know of another 28 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Howard County

Our profile page for Athens, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 400 miles [643.7 km] to the West

California

Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Athens, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,779 miles [2,863 km] to the West

Georgia

Clarke County

Our profile page for Athens, Clarke County   [Map]
Distance: About 211 miles [339.6 km] to the East Southeast

Illinois

Menard County

Our profile page for Athens, Menard County   [Map]
Distance: About 388 miles [624.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Indiana

Fulton County

Our profile page for Athens, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 435 miles [700.1 km] to the North

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Kansas

Jewell County

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

Woodson County

Our profile page for Athens, Woodson County   [Map]
Distance: About 527 miles [848.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Kentucky

Fayette County

Our profile page for Athens, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 261 miles [420 km] to the North Northeast

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Louisiana

Claiborne Parish

Our profile page for Athens, Claiborne Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 378 miles [608.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

Somerset County

Our profile page for Athens, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,148 miles [1,847.5 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Athens, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the North

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Minnesota

Isanti County

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

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Mississippi

Monroe County

Our profile page for Athens, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 105 miles [169 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Clark County

Our profile page for Athens, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 476 miles [766 km] to the North Northwest

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Nebraska

Richardson County

Our profile page for Athens, Richardson County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 613 miles [986.5 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Nye County

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

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New York

Greene County

Our profile page for Athens, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 876 miles [1,409.8 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Robeson County

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

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Ohio

Athens County

Our profile page for Athens, Athens County   [Map]
Distance: About 412 miles [663 km] to the Northeast

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Ontario

Our profile page for Athens   [Map]
Distance: About 894 miles [1,438.8 km] to the Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Bradford County

Our profile page for Athens, Bradford County   [Map]
Distance: About 750 miles [1,207 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

McMinn County

Our profile page for Athens, McMinn County   [Map]
Distance: About 140 miles [225.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Texas

Henderson County

Our profile page for Athens, Henderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 541 miles [870.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Athens, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,425 miles [2,293.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Vermont

Windham County

Our profile page for Athens, Windham County   [Map]
Distance: About 961 miles [1,546.6 km] to the Northeast

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Virginia

Caroline County

Our profile page for Athens, Caroline County   [Map]
Distance: About 574 miles [923.8 km] to the East Northeast

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West Virginia

Mercer County

Our profile page for Athens, Mercer County   [Map]
Distance: About 377 miles [606.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Wisconsin

Marathon County

Our profile page for Athens, Marathon County   [Map]
Distance: About 726 miles [1,168.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Athens: www.ci.athens.al.us/

The official website for Limestone County: www.co.limestone.al.us/

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 Athens. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Athens) 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 Athens. 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 Athens

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athens. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7845, Longitude: -86.9514     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Athens 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 Athens 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 313.839 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.65 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.081 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 Athens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Athens.



 
 
 

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