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Canaan, Alabama
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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

How Far From Canaan 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 Canaan 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 Canaan once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Canaan to:

  • Florence [Map], which is the Seat of Lauderdale County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 187 miles [300.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Canaan to Montgomery, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 11 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 652 miles [1,049.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,527 miles [10,504.2 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 7,243 miles [11,656.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,118 miles [8,236.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Canaan ...

We have found 29 communities that share the name Canaan.

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

Lamar County

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

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Canaan, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the South Southeast


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Lee County

Our profile page for Canaan, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 175 miles [281.6 km] to the West

Searcy County

Our profile page for Canaan, Searcy County   [Map]
Distance: About 292 miles [469.9 km] to the West Northwest

Connecticut

Litchfield County

Our profile page for Canaan, Litchfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 921 miles [1,482.2 km] to the Northeast

Florida

Seminole County

Our profile page for Canaan, Seminole County   [Map]
Distance: About 561 miles [902.8 km] to the Southeast

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Georgia

Morgan County

Our profile page for Canaan, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 254 miles [408.8 km] to the East Southeast

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Indiana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Canaan, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 310 miles [498.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Kansas

Chase County

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

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Maine

Somerset County

Our profile page for Canaan, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,178 miles [1,895.8 km] to the Northeast

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Mississippi

Benton County

Our profile page for Canaan, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 82 miles [132 km] to the West

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Missouri

Gasconade County

Our profile page for Canaan, Gasconade County   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the Northwest

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Canaan   [Map]
Distance: About 1,418 miles [2,282 km] to the Northeast

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New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Canaan, Grafton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,034 miles [1,664.1 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Columbia County

Our profile page for Canaan, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 929 miles [1,495.1 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Transylvania County

Our profile page for Canaan, Transylvania County   [Map]
Distance: About 266 miles [428.1 km] to the East

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Canaan
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Ohio

Wayne County

Our profile page for Canaan, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 527 miles [848.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Ontario

Our profile page for Canaan   [Map]
Distance: About 982 miles [1,580.4 km] to the Northeast

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Oregon

Columbia County

Our profile page for Canaan, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,986 miles [3,196.2 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Dorchester County

Our profile page for Canaan, Dorchester County   [Map]
Distance: About 442 miles [711.3 km] to the East Southeast

Orangeburg County

Our profile page for Canaan, Orangeburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 398 miles [640.5 km] to the East Southeast

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Canaan, Spartanburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 326 miles [524.6 km] to the East

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Tennessee

Maury County

Our profile page for Canaan, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 61 miles [98.2 km] to the North Northeast

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Canaan, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 111 miles [178.6 km] to the North

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Texas

Grayson County

Our profile page for Canaan, Grayson County   [Map]
Distance: About 504 miles [811.1 km] to the West

Limestone County

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

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Vermont

Essex County

Our profile page for Canaan, Essex County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,104 miles [1,776.7 km] to the Northeast

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West Virginia

Upshur County

Our profile page for Canaan, Upshur County   [Map]
Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the Northeast

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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 Canaan, 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 that starts in Canaan. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Canaan) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Canaan. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Canaan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canaan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7937, Longitude: -87.6889     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canaan 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 Canaan 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 314.292 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.174 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.387 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 Canaan.



 
 
 

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