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Ellison, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Ellison to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Ellison once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Ellison to:

  • Linden [Map], which is the Seat of Marengo County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Ellison to Linden, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 87 miles [140 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 764 miles [1,229.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 44 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,660 miles [10,718.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,366 miles [11,854.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,243 miles [8,437.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Ellison ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Ellison.

While the name Ellison is unique within Alabama, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Ellison, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 289 miles [465.1 km] to the Northwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Ellison   [Map]
Distance: About 2,036 miles [3,276.6 km] to the Northwest


Warren County

Our profile page for Ellison, Warren County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 626 miles [1,007.4 km] to the North Northwest


Allen County

Our profile page for Ellison, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 635 miles [1,021.9 km] to the North

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Saline County

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

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Humboldt County

Our profile page for Ellison, Humboldt County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,732 miles [2,787.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Franklin County

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

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Ellison, Lawrence County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Lawrence County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Davis County

Our profile page for Ellison, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,476 miles [2,375.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Summers County

Our profile page for Ellison, Summers County   [Map]
Distance: About 540 miles [869 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Ellison, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Ellison. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ellison) 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 Ellison. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ellison

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ellison. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0332, Longitude: -87.7125     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ellison have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Ellison to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 314.116 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.592 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.956 degrees.

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<8>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 Ellison.


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