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Gaston, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Gaston to ...

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

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

  • Livingston [Map], which is the Seat of Sumter County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Gaston to Livingston, 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 114 miles [183.5 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 44 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,667 miles [10,729.5 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 7,375 miles [11,868.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,252 miles [8,452.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gaston ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Gaston.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Gaston. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 11 communities in the United States - with 12 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for Gaston, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 353 miles [568.1 km] to the West Northwest


Nevada County

Our profile page for Gaston, Nevada County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,872 miles [3,012.7 km] to the West Northwest


Fulton County

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


Delaware County

Our profile page for Gaston, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 570 miles [917.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Prentiss County

Our profile page for Gaston, Prentiss County   [Map]
Distance: About 163 miles [262.3 km] to the North

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North Carolina

Halifax County

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

Northampton County

Our profile page for Gaston, Northampton County   [Map]
Distance: About 666 miles [1,071.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Washington County

Our profile page for Gaston, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,061 miles [3,316.9 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Lexington County

Our profile page for Gaston, Lexington County   [Map]
Distance: About 424 miles [682.4 km] to the East Northeast

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West Virginia

Lewis County

Our profile page for Gaston, Lewis County   [Map]
Distance: About 635 miles [1,021.9 km] to the Northeast

Marion County

Our profile page for Gaston, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 665 miles [1,070.2 km] to the Northeast

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gaston. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3510, Longitude: -88.2236     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gaston 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 Gaston 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 314.448 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.021 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 311.098 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gaston.


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