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Boykin, Alabama
(Covington County)

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How Far From Boykin to ...

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

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

  • Andalusia [Map], which is the Seat of Covington County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Boykin to Andalusia, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 60 miles [96.6 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 42 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,637 miles [10,681.2 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 7,337 miles [11,807.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,216 miles [8,394.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Boykin ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Boykin.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Boykin. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 4 communities in the United States - with 6 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

Escambia County

Our profile page for Boykin, Escambia County   [Map]
Distance: About 30 miles [48.3 km] to the Southwest

Wilcox County

Our profile page for Boykin, Wilcox County   [Map]
Distance: About 57 miles [91.7 km] to the Northwest

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Jackson County

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


Miller County

Our profile page for Boykin, Miller County   [Map]
Distance: About 114 miles [183.5 km] to the East Southeast

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Kershaw County

Our profile page for Boykin, Kershaw County   [Map]
Distance: About 391 miles [629.3 km] to the East Northeast

Marlboro County

Our profile page for Boykin, Marlboro County   [Map]
Distance: About 458 miles [737.1 km] to the East Northeast

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boykin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5102, Longitude: -86.5733     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boykin 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 Boykin 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 313.40 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.691 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.617 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Boykin.


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