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Grantville, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Centre [Map], which is the Seat of Cherokee County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Grantville to Centre, with an average speed<3> 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 136 miles [218.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 567 miles [912.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 33 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,462 miles [10,399.6 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 7,170 miles [11,539 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,047 miles [8,122.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Grantville ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Grantville.

While the name Grantville is unique within Alabama, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

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San Diego County

Our profile page for Grantville, San Diego County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,817 miles [2,924.2 km] to the West


Litchfield County

Our profile page for Grantville, Litchfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 854 miles [1,374.4 km] to the Northeast


Coweta County

Our profile page for Grantville, Coweta County   [Map]
Distance: About 75 miles [120.7 km] to the South Southeast

Greene County

Our profile page for Grantville, Greene County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 144 miles [231.7 km] to the East Southeast

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Grantville, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 653 miles [1,050.9 km] to the Northwest

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Norfolk County

Our profile page for Grantville, Norfolk County   [Map]
Distance: About 948 miles [1,525.7 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Saint Lawrence County

Our profile page for Grantville, Saint Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 923 miles [1,485.4 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Buncombe County

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

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Nova Scotia

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Distance: About 1,496 miles [2,407.6 km] to the Northeast

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Dauphin County

Our profile page for Grantville, Dauphin County   [Map]
Distance: About 643 miles [1,034.8 km] to the Northeast

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for Grantville, Montgomery County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 185 miles [297.7 km] to the North Northwest

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grantville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2051, Longitude: -85.4477     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grantville 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 Grantville 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 312.901 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.488 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.599 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 Grantville.


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