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Elvira, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Columbiana [Map], which is the Seat of Shelby County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Elvira to Columbiana, 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 five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 75 miles [120.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). 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 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,563 miles [10,562.1 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 7,271 miles [11,701.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,148 miles [8,284.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Elvira ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Elvira.

While the name Elvira is unique within Alabama, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

California

San Diego County

Our profile page for Elvira, San Diego County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,750 miles [2,816.4 km] to the West

Illinois

Johnson County

Our profile page for Elvira, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 312 miles [502.1 km] to the North Northwest

Iowa

Clinton County

Our profile page for Elvira, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 619 miles [996.2 km] to the North Northwest

Kentucky

Laurel County

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

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New Mexico

Guadalupe County

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

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The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

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 starting from Elvira. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Elvira) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elvira. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3234, Longitude: -86.8658     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elvira 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 Elvira 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 313.702 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.291 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.363 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 Elvira, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Elvira.



 
 
 

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