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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Carrollton [Map], which is the Seat of Pickens County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Bell to Carrollton, 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 119 miles [191.5 km] to the Southeast (SE). 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 719 miles [1,157.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,608 miles [10,634.5 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 7,319 miles [11,778.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,195 miles [8,360.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bell ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Bell.

While the name Bell is unique within Alabama, we know of another 21 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arizona

Navajo County

Our profile page for Bell, Navajo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,258 miles [2,024.6 km] to the West

California

Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Bell, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,731 miles [2,785.8 km] to the West

Florida

Gilchrist County

Our profile page for Bell, Gilchrist County   [Map]
Distance: About 388 miles [624.4 km] to the Southeast

Georgia

Elbert County

Our profile page for Bell, Elbert County   [Map]
Distance: About 301 miles [484.4 km] to the East

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Illinois

Logan County

Our profile page for Bell, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 479 miles [770.9 km] to the North

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Iowa

Crawford County

Our profile page for Bell, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 723 miles [1,163.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Leavenworth County

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

Washington County

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

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Kentucky

Christian County

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

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Maryland

Prince George's County

Our profile page for Bell, Prince George's County   [Map]
Distance: About 732 miles [1,178 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Presque Isle County

Our profile page for Bell, Presque Isle County   [Map]
Distance: About 856 miles [1,377.6 km] to the North Northeast

Washtenaw County

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

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Nebraska

Sioux County

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

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New Mexico

Colfax County

Our profile page for Bell, Colfax County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Colfax County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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North Carolina

Buncombe County

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

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Ohio

Columbiana County

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

Highland County

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

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Oklahoma

Adair County

Our profile page for Bell, Adair County   [Map]
Distance: About 410 miles [659.8 km] to the West Northwest

Oklahoma County

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

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Oregon

Clackamas County

Our profile page for Bell, Clackamas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,008 miles [3,231.6 km] to the Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Jefferson County

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

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The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Bell. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bell) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3390, Longitude: -87.9606     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bell 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 Bell 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 314.365 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.059 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.801 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 Bell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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