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Cordell, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Cordell to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Cordell to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Cordell once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Cordell to:

  • Fort Payne [Map], which is the Seat of DeKalb County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 154 miles [247.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Cordell to Montgomery, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 562 miles [904.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 22 days and walking would take 32 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,455 miles [10,388.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,164 miles [11,529.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,040 miles [8,111.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Cordell ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Cordell.

While the name Cordell is unique within Alabama, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Lawrence County

Our profile page for Cordell, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the North Northeast


Chippewa County

Our profile page for Cordell, Chippewa County   [Map]
Distance: About 806 miles [1,297.1 km] to the North

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Marion County

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


Scott County

Our profile page for Cordell, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 141 miles [226.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Okanogan County

Our profile page for Cordell, Okanogan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,980 miles [3,186.5 km] to the Northwest

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Cordell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Cordell. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cordell) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Cordell. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cordell

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cordell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5256, Longitude: -85.6286     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cordell have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Cordell to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 313.024 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.675 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.597 degrees.

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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 Cordell.


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