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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Benson once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Benson to:

  • Gadsden [Map], which is the Seat of Etowah County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 117 miles [188.3 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Benson to Montgomery, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 606 miles [975.3 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,499 miles [10,459.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,208 miles [11,600.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,085 miles [8,183.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Benson ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Benson.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Benson. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 26 communities in the United States and Canada - with 27 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama


Other Communities Located In Alabama

Chilton County

Our profile page for Benson, Chilton County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Chilton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Tallapoosa County

Our profile page for Benson, Tallapoosa County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 90 miles [144.8 km] to the South


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arizona

Cochise County

Our profile page for Benson, Cochise County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,401 miles [2,254.7 km] to the West

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Benson, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 478 miles [769.3 km] to the South Southeast

Illinois

Woodford County

Our profile page for Benson, Woodford County   [Map]
Distance: About 496 miles [798.2 km] to the North Northwest

Iowa

Black Hawk County

Our profile page for Benson, Black Hawk County   [Map]
Distance: About 680 miles [1,094.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Sherman County

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

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Kentucky

Franklin County

Our profile page for Benson, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 294 miles [473.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Louisiana

De Soto Parish

Our profile page for Benson, De Soto Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

Piscataquis County

Our profile page for Benson, Piscataquis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,184 miles [1,905.5 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Harford County

Our profile page for Benson, Harford County   [Map]
Distance: About 658 miles [1,058.9 km] to the Northeast

Howard County

Our profile page for Benson, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Oakland County

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

Wexford County

Our profile page for Benson, Wexford County   [Map]
Distance: About 702 miles [1,129.8 km] to the North

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Minnesota

Swift County

Our profile page for Benson, Swift County   [Map]
Distance: About 924 miles [1,487 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Jones County

Our profile page for Benson, Jones County   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Linn County

Our profile page for Benson, Linn County   [Map]
Distance: About 547 miles [880.3 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Douglas County

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

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New Mexico

Roosevelt County

Our profile page for Benson, Roosevelt County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,006 miles [1,619 km] to the West

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New York

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Benson, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 900 miles [1,448.4 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Johnston County

Our profile page for Benson, Johnston County   [Map]
Distance: About 441 miles [709.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Somerset County

Our profile page for Benson, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 582 miles [936.6 km] to the Northeast

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Benson   [Map]
Distance: About 1,366 miles [2,198.4 km] to the North Northwest

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South Carolina

Williamsburg County

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

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Utah

Cache County

Our profile page for Benson, Cache County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,495 miles [2,406 km] to the West Northwest

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Vermont

Rutland County

Our profile page for Benson, Rutland County   [Map]
Distance: About 958 miles [1,541.8 km] to the Northeast

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West Virginia

Harrison County

Our profile page for Benson, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 470 miles [756.4 km] to the Northeast

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Wisconsin

Burnett County

Our profile page for Benson, Burnett County   [Map]
Distance: About 879 miles [1,414.6 km] to the North Northwest

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







Footnotes ...

<1>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 Benson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Benson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Benson) 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 Benson. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Benson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Benson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0473, Longitude: -86.1583     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Benson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Benson to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 313.319 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.949 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.921 degrees.

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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 Benson.



 
 
 

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