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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Elko to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Elko to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Huntsville [Map], which is the Seat of Madison County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 164 miles [263.9 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Elko to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 605 miles [973.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,489 miles [10,443 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 7,202 miles [11,590.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,078 miles [8,172.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Elko ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Elko.

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


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Elko   [Map]
Distance: About 1,756 miles [2,826 km] to the Northwest

Colorado

Saguache County

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

Georgia

Houston County

Our profile page for Elko, Houston County   [Map]
Distance: About 236 miles [379.8 km] to the Southeast

Kentucky

Edmonson County

Our profile page for Elko, Edmonson County   [Map]
Distance: About 171 miles [275.2 km] to the North

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Minnesota

Scott County

Our profile page for Elko, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 766 miles [1,232.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Putnam County

Our profile page for Elko, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 519 miles [835.2 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Elko, Elko County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,635 miles [2,631.3 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Cattaraugus County

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

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North Carolina

Stokes County

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

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Ohio

Vinton County

Our profile page for Elko, Vinton County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Vinton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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South Carolina

Barnwell County

Our profile page for Elko, Barnwell County   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Virginia

Henrico County

Our profile page for Elko, Henrico County   [Map]
Distance: About 560 miles [901.2 km] to the East Northeast

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

The official website for Madison County: www.co.madison.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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Elko. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Elko) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elko. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7093, Longitude: -86.6711     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elko 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 Elko 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 313.664 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.438 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.982 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 Elko, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Elko.



 
 
 

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