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Garner, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Garner 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 Garner 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 Garner once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Garner to:

  • Tuscumbia [Map], which is the Seat of Colbert County, lies 46 miles [74 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Garner to Tuscumbia, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 168 miles [270.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 614 miles [988.1 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,496 miles [10,454.3 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 7,210 miles [11,603.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,086 miles [8,185.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Garner ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Garner.

While the name Garner is unique within Alabama, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Our profile page for Garner   [Map]
Distance: About 3,250 miles [5,230.4 km] to the North Northwest


White County

Our profile page for Garner, White County   [Map]
Distance: About 278 miles [447.4 km] to the West


Hancock County

Our profile page for Garner, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 680 miles [1,094.4 km] to the North Northwest


Boyd County

Our profile page for Garner, Boyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 336 miles [540.7 km] to the Northeast

Knott County

Our profile page for Garner, Knott County   [Map]
Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the Northeast

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Yalobusha County

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

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Linn County

Our profile page for Garner, Linn County   [Map]
Distance: About 492 miles [791.8 km] to the Northwest

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Wake County

Our profile page for Garner, Wake County   [Map]
Distance: About 470 miles [756.4 km] to the East

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Parker County

Our profile page for Garner, Parker County   [Map]
Distance: About 650 miles [1,046.1 km] to the West

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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 Garner, 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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Garner. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Garner) 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 Garner. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Garner

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Garner. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7359, Longitude: -86.8806     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Garner 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 Garner 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 313.793 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.591 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.062 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 Garner.


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