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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Birmingham to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Birmingham to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 86 miles [138.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Birmingham to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 657 miles [1,057.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,551 miles [10,542.8 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 7,259 miles [11,682.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,136 miles [8,265.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Birmingham ...

We have found 24 communities that share the name Birmingham.

While the name Birmingham is unique within Alabama, we know of another 24 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Colorado

Huerfano County

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

Georgia

Fulton County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 147 miles [236.6 km] to the East Northeast

Illinois

Schuyler County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Schuyler County   [Map]
Distance: About 515 miles [828.8 km] to the North Northwest

Indiana

Miami County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Miami County   [Map]
Distance: About 513 miles [825.6 km] to the North

Tippecanoe County

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

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Iowa

Van Buren County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Van Buren County   [Map]
Distance: About 581 miles [935 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Haskell County

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

Jackson County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the Northwest

Kiowa County

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

Wyandotte County

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

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Kentucky

Marshall County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 246 miles [395.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Michigan

Oakland County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Oakland County   [Map]
Distance: About 652 miles [1,049.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Mississippi

Lee County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 128 miles [206 km] to the West Northwest

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Missouri

Clay County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 576 miles [927 km] to the Northwest

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New Jersey

Burlington County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Burlington County   [Map]
Distance: About 802 miles [1,290.7 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Coshocton County

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

Erie County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Erie County   [Map]
Distance: About 590 miles [949.5 km] to the North Northeast

Guernsey County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Guernsey County   [Map]
Distance: About 545 miles [877.1 km] to the North Northeast

Lucas County

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

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Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

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

Chester County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Chester County   [Map]
Distance: About 759 miles [1,221.5 km] to the Northeast

Huntingdon County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Huntingdon County   [Map]
Distance: About 681 miles [1,096 km] to the Northeast

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Birmingham   [Map]
Distance: About 1,452 miles [2,336.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Virginia

Tazewell County

Our profile page for Birmingham, Tazewell County   [Map]
Distance: About 372 miles [598.7 km] to the Northeast

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Birmingham: www.informationbirmingham.com/

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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 starting in Birmingham. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Birmingham) 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 Birmingham. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Birmingham

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Birmingham. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5274, Longitude: -86.7952     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Birmingham 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 Birmingham 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 313.673 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.284 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.292 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 Birmingham, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Birmingham.



 
 
 

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