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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From The Downs 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 The 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 The Downs to:

  • Tuscaloosa [Map], which is the Seat of Tuscaloosa County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 94 miles [151.3 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from The Downs to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 706 miles [1,136.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,598 miles [10,618.5 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 7,308 miles [11,761.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,184 miles [8,342.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named The Downs ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name The Downs.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named The 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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Georgia

Warren County

Our profile page for The Downs, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 279 miles [449 km] to the East

Washington County

Our profile page for The Downs, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the East

Illinois

McLean County

Our profile page for The Downs, McLean County   [Map]
Distance: About 503 miles [809.5 km] to the North

Kansas

Osborne County

Our profile page for The Downs, Osborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 750 miles [1,207 km] to the Northwest

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Maryland

Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for The Downs, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 732 miles [1,178 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Durham County

Our profile page for The Downs, Durham County   [Map]
Distance: About 520 miles [836.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Oregon

Marion County

Our profile page for The Downs, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,037 miles [3,278.2 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Greenwood County

Our profile page for The 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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Texas

McLennan County

Our profile page for The Downs, McLennan County   [Map]
Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the West

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for The Downs, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,430 miles [2,301.4 km] to the West Northwest

Weber County

Our profile page for The Downs, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,448 miles [2,330.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Washington

Lincoln County

Our profile page for The Downs, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,878 miles [3,022.3 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Marion County

Our profile page for The Downs, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 593 miles [954.3 km] to the Northeast

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Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in The Downs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1904, Longitude: -87.5475     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for The 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 The 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 314.104 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.737 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.664 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 The Downs.



 
 
 

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