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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Livingston [Map], which is the Seat of Sumter County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Derby to Livingston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 111 miles [178.6 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 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 6,664 miles [10,724.7 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 7,372 miles [11,864.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,249 miles [8,447.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Derby ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Derby.

While the name Derby is unique within Alabama, we know of another 28 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Colorado

Adams County

Our profile page for Derby, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,064 miles [1,712.3 km] to the Northwest

Arapahoe County

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

Connecticut

New Haven County

Our profile page for Derby, New Haven County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,035 miles [1,665.7 km] to the Northeast

Georgia

Troup County

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

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Illinois

Ford County

Our profile page for Derby, Ford County   [Map]
Distance: About 558 miles [898 km] to the North

Saline County

Our profile page for Derby, Saline County   [Map]
Distance: About 363 miles [584.2 km] to the North

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Indiana

Perry County

Our profile page for Derby, Perry County   [Map]
Distance: About 402 miles [647 km] to the North Northeast

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Iowa

Lucas County

Our profile page for Derby, Lucas County   [Map]
Distance: About 659 miles [1,060.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Sedgwick County

Our profile page for Derby, Sedgwick County   [Map]
Distance: About 626 miles [1,007.4 km] to the Northwest

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Kentucky

Webster County

Our profile page for Derby, Webster County   [Map]
Distance: About 352 miles [566.5 km] to the North

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Maine

Piscataquis County

Our profile page for Derby, Piscataquis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,356 miles [2,182.3 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Berrien County

Our profile page for Derby, Berrien County   [Map]
Distance: About 672 miles [1,081.5 km] to the North

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Mississippi

Hancock County

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

Pearl River County

Our profile page for Derby, Pearl River County   [Map]
Distance: About 138 miles [222.1 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Saint Francois County

Our profile page for Derby, Saint Francois County   [Map]
Distance: About 400 miles [643.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Nevada

Washoe County

Our profile page for Derby, Washoe County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Washoe County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Derby   [Map]
Distance: About 1,552 miles [2,497.7 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Erie County

Our profile page for Derby, Erie County   [Map]
Distance: About 871 miles [1,401.7 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Richmond County

Our profile page for Derby, Richmond County   [Map]
Distance: About 526 miles [846.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Pickaway County

Our profile page for Derby, Pickaway County   [Map]
Distance: About 581 miles [935 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Jackson County

Our profile page for Derby, Jackson County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 2,002 miles [3,221.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Prince Edward Island

Our profile page for Derby   [Map]
Distance: About 1,602 miles [2,578.2 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Greene County

Our profile page for Derby, Greene County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 402 miles [647 km] to the Northeast

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Texas

Frio County

Our profile page for Derby, Frio County   [Map]
Distance: About 696 miles [1,120.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Vermont

Orleans County

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

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Virginia

Prince George County

Our profile page for Derby, Prince George County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 695 miles [1,118.5 km] to the East Northeast

Wise County

Our profile page for Derby, Wise County   [Map]
Distance: About 438 miles [704.9 km] to the Northeast

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Wyoming

Fremont County

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Derby. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3624, Longitude: -88.1745     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Derby 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 Derby 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 314.42 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.989 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 311.076 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 Derby, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Derby.



 
 
 

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