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Bankhead, Alabama
(DeKalb County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Fort Payne [Map], which is the Seat of DeKalb County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Bankhead to Fort Payne, 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 158 miles [254.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 558 miles [898 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 22 days and walking would take 32 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,450 miles [10,380.3 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 7,159 miles [11,521.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,036 miles [8,104.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bankhead ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Bankhead.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Bankhead. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 2 communities in the United States and Canada - with 2 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


Our profile page for Bankhead   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,881 miles [3,027.2 km] to the Northwest


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Bankhead, Jefferson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Jefferson County, we don't know the location of this community within the 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 begins in Bankhead. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bankhead) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bankhead. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5604, Longitude: -85.5530     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bankhead 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 Bankhead 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 312.98 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.629 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.558 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 Bankhead, 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 Bankhead.


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