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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Centre [Map], which is the Seat of Cherokee County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Congo to Centre, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 140 miles [225.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). 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 572 miles [920.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 33 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,466 miles [10,406 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 7,174 miles [11,545.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,051 miles [8,128.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Congo ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Congo.

While the name Congo is unique within Alabama, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Arkansas

Saline County

Our profile page for Congo, Saline County   [Map]
Distance: About 395 miles [635.7 km] to the West

Michigan

Menominee County

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

Missouri

Shannon County

Our profile page for Congo, Shannon County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 380 miles [611.6 km] to the West Northwest

Ohio

Perry County

Our profile page for Congo, Perry County   [Map]
Distance: About 414 miles [666.3 km] to the North Northeast

Pickaway County

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

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Pennsylvania

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Congo, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 691 miles [1,112.1 km] to the Northeast

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West Virginia

Hancock County

Our profile page for Congo, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 514 miles [827.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Congo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3109, Longitude: -85.6508     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Congo 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 Congo 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 313.028 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.649 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.656 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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<8>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 Congo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Congo.



 
 
 

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