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Gold Ridge, Alabama
(Randolph County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Wedowee [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Gold Ridge to Wedowee, 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 93 miles [149.7 km] to the Southwest (SW). 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 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 596 miles [959.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,493 miles [10,449.5 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 7,198 miles [11,584.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,075 miles [8,167.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gold Ridge ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Gold Ridge.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Gold Ridge. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 1 communities in the United States - with 3 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama

Other Communities Located In Alabama

Cullman County

Our profile page for Gold Ridge, Cullman County   [Map]
Distance: About 94 miles [151.3 km] to the Northwest

Lee County

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

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El Dorado County

Our profile page for Gold Ridge, El Dorado County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,983 miles [3,191.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gold Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4896, Longitude: -85.3855     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gold Ridge 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 Gold Ridge 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 312.829 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.305 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.739 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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