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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

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

  • Brewton [Map], which is the Seat of Escambia County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Damascus to Brewton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 88 miles [141.6 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 769 miles [1,237.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 44 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,665 miles [10,726.3 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 7,365 miles [11,852.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,244 miles [8,439.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Damascus ...

We have found 25 communities that share the name Damascus.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Damascus. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 22 communities in the United States and Canada - with 22 of those located in the United States.

In addition to the above occurrences of Damascus, we know of 1 communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into three sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama

Communities located internationally


Other Communities Located In Alabama

Coffee County

Our profile page for Damascus, Coffee County   [Map]
Distance: About 51 miles [82.1 km] to the East

Cullman County

Our profile page for Damascus, Cullman County   [Map]
Distance: About 193 miles [310.6 km] to the North


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Columbia County

Our profile page for Damascus, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 387 miles [622.8 km] to the West Northwest

Van Buren County

Our profile page for Damascus, Van Buren County   [Map]
Distance: About 431 miles [693.6 km] to the Northwest

California

Placer County

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

Connecticut

New Haven County

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

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Georgia

Early County

Our profile page for Damascus, Early County   [Map]
Distance: About 126 miles [202.8 km] to the East

Gordon County

Our profile page for Damascus, Gordon County   [Map]
Distance: About 258 miles [415.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Illinois

Stephenson County

Our profile page for Damascus, Stephenson County   [Map]
Distance: About 789 miles [1,269.8 km] to the North

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Maine

Penobscot County

Our profile page for Damascus, Penobscot County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,344 miles [2,163 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Damascus, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 780 miles [1,255.3 km] to the Northeast

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Mississippi

Kemper County

Our profile page for Damascus, Kemper County   [Map]
Distance: About 154 miles [247.8 km] to the Northwest

Scott County

Our profile page for Damascus, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 176 miles [283.2 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Saint Clair County

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

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Damascus   [Map]
Distance: About 1,499 miles [2,412.4 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Broome County

Our profile page for Damascus, Broome County   [Map]
Distance: About 974 miles [1,567.5 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Henry County

Our profile page for Damascus, Henry County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 724 miles [1,165.2 km] to the North

Logan County

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

Mahoning County

Our profile page for Damascus, Mahoning County   [Map]
Distance: About 747 miles [1,202.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Ontario

Our profile page for Damascus   [Map]
Distance: About 945 miles [1,520.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Clackamas County

Our profile page for Damascus, Clackamas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,141 miles [3,445.6 km] to the Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Wayne County

Our profile page for Damascus, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 976 miles [1,570.7 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Johnson County

Our profile page for Damascus, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the Northeast

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Virginia

Washington County

Our profile page for Damascus, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 475 miles [764.4 km] to the Northeast

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Communities Located Internationally

Just a reminder: Our measurements are based on the Great Circle Route. See footnote <3>


Syria

- Dimashq   [Map]

Distance: About 6,627 miles [10,665.1 km] to the Northeast

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Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Escambia County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Escambia County: www.co.escambia.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' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Damascus. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Damascus) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Damascus. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1730, Longitude: -86.8569     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Damascus 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 Damascus 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 313.539 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.806 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.79 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 Damascus, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Damascus.



 
 
 

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