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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Selma [Map], which is the Seat of Dallas County, lies 24 miles [38.6 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Donald to Selma, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 66 miles [106.2 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 42 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,637 miles [10,681.2 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 7,342 miles [11,815.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,220 miles [8,400.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Donald ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Donald.

While the name Donald is unique within Alabama, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Franklin County

Our profile page for Donald, Franklin County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 432 miles [695.2 km] to the West Northwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Donald   [Map]
Distance: About 2,002 miles [3,221.9 km] to the Northwest

Georgia

Long County

Our profile page for Donald, Long County   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the East

Kansas

Washington County

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

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Michigan

Saginaw County

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

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Montana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Donald, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,626 miles [2,616.8 km] to the Northwest

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Ohio

Butler County

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

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Ontario

Our profile page for Donald   [Map]
Distance: About 999 miles [1,607.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Marion County

Our profile page for Donald, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,086 miles [3,357.1 km] to the Northwest

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Washington

Yakima County

Our profile page for Donald, Yakima County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,996 miles [3,212.3 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Nicholas County

Our profile page for Donald, Nicholas County   [Map]
Distance: About 560 miles [901.2 km] to the Northeast

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Wisconsin

Taylor County

Our profile page for Donald, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 917 miles [1,475.8 km] to the North

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Donald. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2493, Longitude: -87.3942     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Donald 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 Donald 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 313.943 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.421 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.79 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 Donald, 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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