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Eight Mile, Alabama

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

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

  • Mobile [Map], which is the Seat of Mobile County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 154 miles [247.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). If you could drive a straight line from Eight Mile to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 841 miles [1,353.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 days and walking would take 48 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,739 miles [10,845.4 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 7,441 miles [11,975.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,320 miles [8,561.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Eight Mile ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Eight Mile.

While the name Eight Mile is unique within Alabama, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Cass County

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


Ravalli County

Our profile page for Eight Mile, Ravalli County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,757 miles [2,827.6 km] to the Northwest


Cuyahoga County

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


Harrison County

Our profile page for Eight Mile, Harrison County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Harrison 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 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Eight Mile. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Eight Mile) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Eight Mile. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Eight Mile

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Eight Mile. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.7635, Longitude: -88.1269     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Eight Mile 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 Eight Mile 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 314.25 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.574 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 311.346 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 Eight Mile, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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