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Cardiff, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Cardiff to Birmingham, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 97 miles [156.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 658 miles [1,058.9 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 6,550 miles [10,541.2 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 7,260 miles [11,683.8 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 Cardiff ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Cardiff.

While the name Cardiff is unique within Alabama, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

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Our profile page for Cardiff   [Map]
Distance: About 1,902 miles [3,061 km] to the Northwest


Scott County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 408 miles [656.6 km] to the West Northwest


San Diego County

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


Garfield County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Garfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,197 miles [1,926.4 km] to the West Northwest

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New Castle County

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

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Clearwater County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Clearwater County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,752 miles [2,819.6 km] to the Northwest

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Livingston County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Livingston County   [Map]
Distance: About 516 miles [830.4 km] to the North

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Cecil County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Cecil County   [Map]
Distance: About 726 miles [1,168.4 km] to the Northeast

Harford County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Harford County   [Map]
Distance: About 720 miles [1,158.7 km] to the Northeast

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Atlantic County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Atlantic County   [Map]
Distance: About 791 miles [1,273 km] to the East Northeast

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New York

Onondaga County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Onondaga County   [Map]
Distance: About 864 miles [1,390.5 km] to the Northeast

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Our profile page for Cardiff   [Map]
Distance: About 915 miles [1,472.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Cambria County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Cambria County   [Map]
Distance: About 649 miles [1,044.5 km] to the Northeast

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Roane County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Roane County   [Map]
Distance: About 202 miles [325.1 km] to the Northeast

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Waller County

Our profile page for Cardiff, Waller County   [Map]
Distance: About 590 miles [949.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Cardiff. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cardiff) 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 Cardiff. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cardiff

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cardiff. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6472, Longitude: -86.9306     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cardiff 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 Cardiff 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 313.762 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.404 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.321 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 Cardiff.


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