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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Oneonta [Map], which is the Seat of Blount County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Compton to Oneonta, 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 103 miles [165.8 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 4 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 637 miles [1,025.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). 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 6,530 miles [10,509 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 7,239 miles [11,650 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,116 miles [8,233.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Compton ...

We have found 20 communities that share the name Compton.

While the name Compton is unique within Alabama, we know of another 20 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Hempstead County

Our profile page for Compton, Hempstead County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 411 miles [661.4 km] to the West

Newton County

Our profile page for Compton, Newton County   [Map]
Distance: About 409 miles [658.2 km] to the West Northwest

California

Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Compton, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,804 miles [2,903.3 km] to the West

Georgia

Jasper County

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

Stewart County

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

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Illinois

Lee County

Our profile page for Compton, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 560 miles [901.2 km] to the North Northwest

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Maryland

Charles County

Our profile page for Compton, Charles County   [Map]
Distance: About 619 miles [996.2 km] to the East Northeast

Saint Mary's County

Our profile page for Compton, Saint Mary's County   [Map]
Distance: About 633 miles [1,018.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Osceola County

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

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Minnesota

Itasca County

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

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Missouri

Webster County

Our profile page for Compton, Webster County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 430 miles [692 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Cherry County

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

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New Hampshire

Grafton County

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

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Oklahoma

Le Flore County

Our profile page for Compton, Le Flore County   [Map]
Distance: About 483 miles [777.3 km] to the West

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Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

Our profile page for Compton, Allegheny County   [Map]
Distance: About 603 miles [970.4 km] to the Northeast

Somerset County

Our profile page for Compton, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 583 miles [938.2 km] to the Northeast

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Quebec

Our profile page for Compton   [Map]
Distance: About 1,111 miles [1,788 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Compton, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 145 miles [233.4 km] to the North

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Texas

Rusk County

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

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Virginia

Page County

Our profile page for Compton, Page County   [Map]
Distance: About 572 miles [920.5 km] to the Northeast

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

The official website for Blount County: www.co.blount.al.us/

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' distance beginning in Compton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Compton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Compton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8173, Longitude: -86.6278     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Compton 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 Compton 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 313.589 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.228 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.162 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 Compton, 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 Compton.



 
 
 

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