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Charles, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Livingston [Map], which is the Seat of Sumter County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Charles to Livingston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 117 miles [188.3 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 776 miles [1,248.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 44 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,671 miles [10,735.9 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 7,379 miles [11,875.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,256 miles [8,458.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Charles ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Charles.

While the name Charles is unique within Alabama, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

British Columbia

Our profile page for Charles   [Map]
Distance: About 2,091 miles [3,365.1 km] to the Northwest


Stewart County

Our profile page for Charles, Stewart County   [Map]
Distance: About 202 miles [325.1 km] to the East

Toombs County

Our profile page for Charles, Toombs County   [Map]
Distance: About 341 miles [548.8 km] to the East


Our profile page for Charles   [Map]
Distance: About 1,717 miles [2,763.2 km] to the North Northwest

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Mackinac County

Our profile page for Charles, Mackinac County   [Map]
Distance: About 964 miles [1,551.4 km] to the North

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North Carolina

Iredell County

Our profile page for Charles, Iredell County   [Map]
Distance: About 490 miles [788.6 km] to the East Northeast

Onslow County

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

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Travis County

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Charles. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Charles) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Charles. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3218, Longitude: -88.2859     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Charles 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 Charles 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 314.483 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.058 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 311.128 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 Charles.


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