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Clifty, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Cullman [Map], which is the Seat of Cullman County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Clifty to Cullman, 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 142 miles [228.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 640 miles [1,030 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,525 miles [10,501 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 7,238 miles [11,648.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,114 miles [8,230.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Clifty ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Clifty.

While the name Clifty is unique within Alabama, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

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Madison County

Our profile page for Clifty, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 401 miles [645.3 km] to the West Northwest


Decatur County

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


Carter County

Our profile page for Clifty, Carter County   [Map]
Distance: About 351 miles [564.9 km] to the Northeast

Todd County

Our profile page for Clifty, Todd County   [Map]
Distance: About 186 miles [299.3 km] to the North

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Cumberland County

Our profile page for Clifty, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 152 miles [244.6 km] to the Northeast

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Fayette County

Our profile page for Clifty, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 431 miles [693.6 km] to the 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 starts in Clifty. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Clifty) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clifty. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2993, Longitude: -87.0739     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Clifty 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 Clifty 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 313.887 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.639 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.239 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 Clifty.


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