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Cotton Valley, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Tuskegee [Map], which is the Seat of Macon County, lies just to the North.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 33 miles [53.1 km] to the West (W). If you could walk a straight line from Cotton Valley to Montgomery, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 665 miles [1,070.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,563 miles [10,562.1 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 7,263 miles [11,688.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,142 miles [8,275.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Cotton Valley ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Cotton Valley.

While the name Cotton Valley is unique within Alabama, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Webster Parish

Our profile page for Cotton Valley, Webster Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 451 miles [725.8 km] to the West

New Hampshire

Carroll County

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


Washington County

Our profile page for Cotton Valley, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 661 miles [1,063.8 km] to the West Northwest

South Carolina

Dillon County

Our profile page for Cotton Valley, Dillon County   [Map]
Distance: About 398 miles [640.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Cotton Valley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cotton Valley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cotton Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2929, Longitude: -85.6922     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cotton Valley 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 Cotton Valley 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 312.94 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.267 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.122 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 Cotton Valley.


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