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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

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

  • Dothan [Map], which is the Seat of Houston County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Columbia to Dothan, 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 five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 99 miles [159.3 km] to the Northwest (NW). 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 694 miles [1,116.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,584 miles [10,595.9 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 7,278 miles [11,712.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,160 miles [8,304.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Columbia ...

We have found 50 communities that share the name Columbia.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Columbia. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 49 communities in the United States - with 50 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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 ConnecticutMaineNew YorkVirginia
 DelawareMarylandNorth CarolinaWashington
 FloridaMichiganOhioWest Virginia
 IllinoisMinnesotaOklahomaWisconsin
 IndianaMississippiPennsylvania 

Arizona

Yavapai County

Our profile page for Columbia, Yavapai County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,587 miles [2,554 km] to the West Northwest

Arkansas

Chicot County

Our profile page for Columbia, Chicot County
This community is historic.
Although located in Chicot County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

California

Tuolumne County

Our profile page for Columbia, Tuolumne County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,044 miles [3,289.5 km] to the West Northwest

Colorado

San Miguel County

Our profile page for Columbia, San Miguel County
This community is historic.
Although located in San Miguel County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Connecticut

Tolland County

Our profile page for Columbia, Tolland County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,008 miles [1,622.2 km] to the Northeast

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Delaware

Sussex County

Our profile page for Columbia, Sussex County   [Map]
Distance: About 729 miles [1,173.2 km] to the Northeast

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Florida

Columbia County

Our profile page for Columbia, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 166 miles [267.2 km] to the East Southeast

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Illinois

Monroe County

Our profile page for Columbia, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 572 miles [920.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Indiana

Fayette County

Our profile page for Columbia, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the North

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Iowa

Marion County

Our profile page for Columbia, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 815 miles [1,311.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Cherokee County

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

Ellsworth County

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

Lyon County

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

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Kentucky

Adair County

Our profile page for Columbia, Adair County   [Map]
Distance: About 401 miles [645.3 km] to the North

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Louisiana

Caldwell Parish

Our profile page for Columbia, Caldwell Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 412 miles [663 km] to the West

Saint John the Baptist Parish

Our profile page for Columbia, Saint John the Baptist Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 336 miles [540.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

Washington County

Our profile page for Columbia, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,314 miles [2,114.7 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Howard County

Our profile page for Columbia, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 719 miles [1,157.1 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Tuscola County

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

Van Buren County

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

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Minnesota

Polk County

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

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Mississippi

Marion County

Our profile page for Columbia, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 278 miles [447.4 km] to the West

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Missouri

Boone County

Our profile page for Columbia, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 666 miles [1,071.8 km] to the Northwest

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Columbia, Saint Louis County
This community is historic.
Although located in Saint Louis County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Columbia, Elko County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,849 miles [2,975.7 km] to the West Northwest

Esmeralda County

Our profile page for Columbia, Esmeralda County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,870 miles [3,009.5 km] to the West Northwest

Eureka County

Our profile page for Columbia, Eureka County
This community is historic.
Although located in Eureka County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Hampshire

Coos County

Our profile page for Columbia, Coos County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,190 miles [1,915.1 km] to the North Northeast

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New Jersey

Warren County

Our profile page for Columbia, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 867 miles [1,395.3 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Herkimer County

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

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North Carolina

Tyrrell County

Our profile page for Columbia, Tyrrell County   [Map]
Distance: About 601 miles [967.2 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Clark County

Our profile page for Columbia, Clark County
This community is historic.
Although located in Clark County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Delaware County

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

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Columbia, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 540 miles [869 km] to the North

Stark County

Our profile page for Columbia, Stark County   [Map]
Distance: About 684 miles [1,100.8 km] to the North Northeast

Tuscarawas County

Our profile page for Columbia, Tuscarawas County   [Map]
Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the North Northeast

Williams County

Our profile page for Columbia, Williams County   [Map]
Distance: About 713 miles [1,147.5 km] to the North

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Oklahoma

Kingfisher County

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

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Pennsylvania

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Columbia, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the Northeast

Venango County

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

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South Carolina

Richland County

Our profile page for Columbia, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 301 miles [484.4 km] to the Northeast

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South Dakota

Brown County

Our profile page for Columbia, Brown County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,215 miles [1,955.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Tennessee

Maury County

Our profile page for Columbia, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 318 miles [511.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Utah

Carbon County

Our profile page for Columbia, Carbon County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,524 miles [2,452.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Fluvanna County

Our profile page for Columbia, Fluvanna County   [Map]
Distance: About 595 miles [957.6 km] to the Northeast

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Columbia, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,248 miles [3,617.8 km] to the Northwest

Whatcom County

Our profile page for Columbia, Whatcom County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,272 miles [3,656.4 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Fayette County

Our profile page for Columbia, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 518 miles [833.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Wisconsin

Clark County

Our profile page for Columbia, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 961 miles [1,546.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Columbia. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Houston County: www.houstoncounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Columbia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2968, Longitude: -85.1103     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Columbia 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 Columbia 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 312.536 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 307.662 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.113 degrees.

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<7>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 Columbia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Columbia.



 
 
 

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