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Introduction ...

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

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Some Odds 'n Ends for Decatur ...

During our research, we found that Decatur has been known by other names:

In the past, Decatur has been known as: Albany and New Decatur.

For more information, see our Genealogy Helper Page for Decatur.

While searching for nicknames, slogans or sobriquets for Decatur, we've found:

  • The Ballooning Capital of Alabama
  • The Chicago of the South
  • The Home of America's First Wave Pool

How Far From Decatur to ...

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

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

  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 160 miles [257.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Decatur to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>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 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,507 miles [10,472 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 7,221 miles [11,621.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,096 miles [8,201.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Decatur ...

We have found 20 communities that share the name Decatur.

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


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Benton County

Our profile page for Decatur, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 437 miles [703.3 km] to the West Northwest

Colorado

Summit County

Our profile page for Decatur, Summit County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Summit County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Georgia

DeKalb County

Our profile page for Decatur, DeKalb County   [Map]
Distance: About 163 miles [262.3 km] to the East Southeast

Illinois

Macon County

Our profile page for Decatur, Macon County   [Map]
Distance: About 378 miles [608.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Indiana

Adams County

Our profile page for Decatur, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 444 miles [714.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Iowa

Decatur County

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

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Kansas

Decatur County

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

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Kentucky

Russell County

Our profile page for Decatur, Russell County   [Map]
Distance: About 207 miles [333.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Michigan

Van Buren County

Our profile page for Decatur, Van Buren County   [Map]
Distance: About 521 miles [838.5 km] to the North

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Mississippi

Newton County

Our profile page for Decatur, Newton County   [Map]
Distance: About 193 miles [310.6 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Cape Girardeau County

Our profile page for Decatur, Cape Girardeau County   [Map]
Distance: About 234 miles [376.6 km] to the Northwest

Cole County

Our profile page for Decatur, Cole County   [Map]
Distance: About 402 miles [647 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Burt County

Our profile page for Decatur, Burt County   [Map]
Distance: About 716 miles [1,152.3 km] to the Northwest

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New York

Otsego County

Our profile page for Decatur, Otsego County   [Map]
Distance: About 862 miles [1,387.3 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Brown County

Our profile page for Decatur, Brown County   [Map]
Distance: About 343 miles [552 km] to the North Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Mifflin County

Our profile page for Decatur, Mifflin County   [Map]
Distance: About 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Meigs County

Our profile page for Decatur, Meigs County   [Map]
Distance: About 139 miles [223.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Texas

Wise County

Our profile page for Decatur, Wise County   [Map]
Distance: About 614 miles [988.1 km] to the West

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Virginia

Rockbridge County

Our profile page for Decatur, Rockbridge County   [Map]
Distance: About 482 miles [775.7 km] to the East Northeast

Stafford County

Our profile page for Decatur, Stafford County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 596 miles [959.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Decatur: www.digitaldecatur.com/

The official website for Morgan County: www.co.morgan.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 that begins in Decatur. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Decatur) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Decatur. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5932, Longitude: -86.9804     [Map].

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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 Decatur 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 313.846 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.632 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.136 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 Decatur, 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 Decatur.



 
 
 

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