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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

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

  • Florence [Map], which is the Seat of Lauderdale County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Elgin to Florence, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day 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 184 miles [296.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 636 miles [1,023.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,512 miles [10,480 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 7,227 miles [11,630.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,103 miles [8,212.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Elgin ...

We have found 38 communities that share the name Elgin.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Elgin. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 37 communities in the United States and Canada - with 32 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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 KansasNew BrunswickPennsylvania 

Arizona

Pima County

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

Santa Cruz County

Our profile page for Elgin, Santa Cruz County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,350 miles [2,172.6 km] to the West

Arkansas

Jackson County

Our profile page for Elgin, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 228 miles [366.9 km] to the West Northwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]
Distance: About 2,041 miles [3,284.7 km] to the Northwest

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Georgia

Butts County

Our profile page for Elgin, Butts County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 223 miles [358.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Idaho

Bingham County

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

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Illinois

Kane County

Our profile page for Elgin, Kane County   [Map]
Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the North

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Iowa

Fayette County

Our profile page for Elgin, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 604 miles [972 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Elgin, Chautauqua County   [Map]
Distance: About 518 miles [833.6 km] to the West Northwest

Sedgwick County

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

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Manitoba

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]
Distance: About 1,199 miles [1,929.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Michigan

Ottawa County

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

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Minnesota

Wabasha County

Our profile page for Elgin, Wabasha County   [Map]
Distance: About 690 miles [1,110.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Shelby County

Our profile page for Elgin, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 432 miles [695.2 km] to the Northwest

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Elgin, Sullivan County
Although located in Sullivan County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Montana

Carter County

Our profile page for Elgin, Carter County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,166 miles [1,876.5 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Antelope County

Our profile page for Elgin, Antelope County   [Map]
Distance: About 758 miles [1,219.9 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Elgin, Lincoln County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,519 miles [2,444.6 km] to the West Northwest

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]
Distance: About 1,387 miles [2,232.2 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for Elgin, Cattaraugus County   [Map]
Distance: About 708 miles [1,139.4 km] to the Northeast

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North Dakota

Grant County

Our profile page for Elgin, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,096 miles [1,763.8 km] to the Northwest

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]
Distance: About 1,486 miles [2,391.5 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Van Wert County

Our profile page for Elgin, Van Wert County   [Map]
Distance: About 436 miles [701.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Oklahoma

Comanche County

Our profile page for Elgin, Comanche County   [Map]
Distance: About 617 miles [993 km] to the West

Garfield County

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

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Ontario

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]
Distance: About 895 miles [1,440.4 km] to the Northeast

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Oregon

Union County

Our profile page for Elgin, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,757 miles [2,827.6 km] to the Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Erie County

Our profile page for Elgin, Erie County   [Map]
Distance: About 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the Northeast

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Quebec

Our profile page for Elgin   [Map]
Distance: About 985 miles [1,585.2 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Kershaw County

Our profile page for Elgin, Kershaw County   [Map]
Distance: About 378 miles [608.3 km] to the East

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Elgin, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 378 miles [608.3 km] to the East

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Tennessee

Scott County

Our profile page for Elgin, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 186 miles [299.3 km] to the Northeast

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Texas

Bastrop County

Our profile page for Elgin, Bastrop County   [Map]
Distance: About 658 miles [1,058.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Emery County

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

Grand County

Our profile page for Elgin, Grand County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,284 miles [2,066.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Shenandoah County

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

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Washington

Pierce County

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

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Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' (or point-to-point) distance from Elgin. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Elgin) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Elgin. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Elgin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elgin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8487, Longitude: -87.3911     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elgin 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 Elgin 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 314.112 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.974 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.25 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 Elgin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Elgin.



 
 
 

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