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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Anniston [Map], which is the Seat of Calhoun County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Duke to Anniston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 105 miles [169 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 603 miles [970.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,498 miles [10,457.5 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 7,206 miles [11,596.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,082 miles [8,178.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Duke ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Duke.

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


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Georgia

Ware County

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

Louisiana

Saint John the Baptist Parish

Our profile page for Duke, Saint John the Baptist Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 381 miles [613.2 km] to the Southwest

Michigan

Gogebic County

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

Mississippi

Hinds County

Our profile page for Duke, Hinds County   [Map]
Distance: About 303 miles [487.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Phelps County

Our profile page for Duke, Phelps County   [Map]
Distance: About 431 miles [693.6 km] to the Northwest

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North Carolina

Durham County

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

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Ohio

Pike County

Our profile page for Duke, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 385 miles [619.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Oklahoma

Jackson County

Our profile page for Duke, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 781 miles [1,256.9 km] to the West

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South Carolina

Abbeville County

Our profile page for Duke, Abbeville County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 184 miles [296.1 km] to the East

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Tennessee

Union County

Our profile page for Duke, Union County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 197 miles [317 km] to the North Northeast

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Texas

Fort Bend County

Our profile page for Duke, Fort Bend County   [Map]
Distance: About 637 miles [1,025.2 km] to the West Southwest

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West Virginia

Monongalia County

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.org/

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 stretches from Duke. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Duke) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Duke. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8507, Longitude: -85.9025     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Duke 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 Duke 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 313.156 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.732 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.863 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 Duke, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Duke.



 
 
 

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