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Elon, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Huntsville [Map], which is the Seat of Madison County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Elon to Huntsville, 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 151 miles [243 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 601 miles [967.2 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 7,201 miles [11,588.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,076 miles [8,169 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Elon ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Elon.

While the name Elon is unique within Alabama, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Arkansas

Ashley County

Our profile page for Elon, Ashley County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the West Southwest

Indiana

Orange County

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

Iowa

Allamakee County

Our profile page for Elon, Allamakee County   [Map]
Distance: About 655 miles [1,054.1 km] to the North Northwest

Mississippi

Noxubee County

Our profile page for Elon, Noxubee County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 155 miles [249.4 km] to the Southwest

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North Carolina

Alamance County

Our profile page for Elon, Alamance County   [Map]
Distance: About 406 miles [653.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Virginia

Amherst County

Our profile page for Elon, Amherst County   [Map]
Distance: About 454 miles [730.6 km] to the East Northeast

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

The official website for Madison County: www.co.madison.al.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Elon. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Elon) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5429, Longitude: -86.4689     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elon 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 Elon 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 313.533 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.263 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.936 degrees.

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<7>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 Elon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Elon.



 
 
 

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