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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Rockford [Map], which is the Seat of Coosa County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Goodwater to Rockford, 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 four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 50 miles [80.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 644 miles [1,036.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,542 miles [10,528.3 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 7,246 miles [11,661.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,124 miles [8,246.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Goodwater ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Goodwater.

While the name Goodwater is unique within Alabama, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


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Arizona

Navajo County

Our profile page for Goodwater, Navajo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,370 miles [2,204.8 km] to the West Northwest

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Goodwater, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 410 miles [659.8 km] to the South Southeast

Kansas

Gove County

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

Kentucky

Pulaski County

Our profile page for Goodwater, Pulaski County   [Map]
Distance: About 292 miles [469.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Mississippi

Clarke County

Our profile page for Goodwater, Clarke County   [Map]
Distance: About 181 miles [291.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Oklahoma

McCurtain County

Our profile page for Goodwater, McCurtain County   [Map]
Distance: About 494 miles [795 km] to the West

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Goodwater   [Map]
Distance: About 1,446 miles [2,327.1 km] to the North Northwest

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The official website for Goodwater: www.goodwater.org/

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' distance that stretches from Goodwater. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Goodwater) 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 Goodwater. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Goodwater

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Goodwater. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0609, Longitude: -86.0517     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Goodwater 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 Goodwater 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 313.20 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.674 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.097 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 Goodwater.



 
 
 

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