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Downs, Alabama

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

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

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

  • Tuskegee [Map], which is the Seat of Macon County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Downs to Tuskegee, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 28 miles [45.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 670 miles [1,078.3 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 27 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 6,568 miles [10,570.2 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 7,268 miles [11,696.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,147 miles [8,283.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Downs ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Downs.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Downs. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 13 communities in the United States - with 14 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Warren County

Our profile page for Downs, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 192 miles [309 km] to the East Northeast

Washington County

Our profile page for Downs, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 189 miles [304.2 km] to the East Northeast


McLean County

Our profile page for Downs, McLean County   [Map]
Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the North Northwest


Osborne County

Our profile page for Downs, Osborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 870 miles [1,400.1 km] to the Northwest

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Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Downs, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 696 miles [1,120.1 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Durham County

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

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Marion County

Our profile page for Downs, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,158 miles [3,473 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Greenwood County

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

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McLennan County

Our profile page for Downs, McLennan County   [Map]
Distance: About 663 miles [1,067 km] to the West

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Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Downs, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,550 miles [2,494.5 km] to the West Northwest

Weber County

Our profile page for Downs, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,568 miles [2,523.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Downs, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,998 miles [3,215.5 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Marion County

Our profile page for Downs, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 586 miles [943.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Downs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2649, Longitude: -85.7841     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Downs 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 Downs 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 312.992 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.323 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.163 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 Downs.


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