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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Scottsboro [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies just to the West.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 161 miles [259.1 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Gray to Montgomery, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 570 miles [917.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,460 miles [10,396.4 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 5,046 miles [8,120.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Gray ...

We have found 30 communities that share the name Gray.

While the name Gray is unique within Alabama, we know of another 30 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Colorado

Washington County

Our profile page for Gray, Washington County
This community is historic.
Although located in Washington County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Georgia

Jones County

Our profile page for Gray, Jones County   [Map]
Distance: About 177 miles [284.9 km] to the Southeast

Idaho

Bonneville County

Our profile page for Gray, Bonneville County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,480 miles [2,381.8 km] to the West Northwest

Indiana

Hamilton County

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

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Iowa

Audubon County

Our profile page for Gray, Audubon County   [Map]
Distance: About 698 miles [1,123.3 km] to the Northwest

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Kansas

Hodgeman County

Our profile page for Gray, Hodgeman County   [Map]
Distance: About 800 miles [1,287.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Kentucky

Knox County

Our profile page for Gray, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 189 miles [304.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Louisiana

Terrebonne Parish

Our profile page for Gray, Terrebonne Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 445 miles [716.2 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Gray, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,045 miles [1,681.8 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Howard County

Our profile page for Gray, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 594 miles [956 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Kalkaska County

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

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Mississippi

Leake County

Our profile page for Gray, Leake County   [Map]
Distance: About 236 miles [379.8 km] to the West Southwest

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New Mexico

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Gray, Lincoln County
This community is historic.
Although located in Lincoln County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New York

Herkimer County

Our profile page for Gray, Herkimer County   [Map]
Distance: About 834 miles [1,342.2 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Alleghany County

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

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North Dakota

Stutsman County

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

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Ohio

Pickaway County

Our profile page for Gray, Pickaway County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 386 miles [621.2 km] to the North Northeast

Washington County

Our profile page for Gray, Washington County
This community is historic.
Although located in Washington County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Oklahoma

Beaver County

Our profile page for Gray, Beaver County   [Map]
Distance: About 847 miles [1,363.1 km] to the West Northwest

Tulsa County

Our profile page for Gray, Tulsa County   [Map]
Distance: About 581 miles [935 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Blair County

Our profile page for Gray, Blair County   [Map]
Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the Northeast

Clearfield County

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

Lycoming County

Our profile page for Gray, Lycoming County   [Map]
Distance: About 670 miles [1,078.3 km] to the Northeast

Somerset County

Our profile page for Gray, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 531 miles [854.6 km] to the Northeast

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Gray   [Map]
Distance: About 1,420 miles [2,285.3 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Hampton County

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

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Tennessee

Washington County

Our profile page for Gray, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 227 miles [365.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Texas

Eastland County

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

Marion County

Our profile page for Gray, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 486 miles [782.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Sussex County

Our profile page for Gray, Sussex County   [Map]
Distance: About 501 miles [806.3 km] to the East Northeast

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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 Gray, 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 that stretches from Gray. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gray) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Gray. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gray

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gray. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6598, Longitude: -85.8986     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gray 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 Gray 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 313.193 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.888 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.675 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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