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Gum Spring, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Gum Spring 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 Gum Spring to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Decatur [Map], which is the Seat of Morgan County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Gum Spring to Decatur, 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 147 miles [236.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). 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 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 622 miles [1,001 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,508 miles [10,473.6 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 7,221 miles [11,621.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,096 miles [8,201.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gum Spring ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Gum Spring.

While the name Gum Spring is unique within Alabama, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Kansas

Wabaunsee County

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

Mississippi

Scott County

Our profile page for Gum Spring, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 204 miles [328.3 km] to the Southwest

Tennessee

Cocke County

Our profile page for Gum Spring, Cocke County   [Map]
Distance: About 229 miles [368.5 km] to the East Northeast

White County

Our profile page for Gum Spring, White County   [Map]
Distance: About 122 miles [196.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Virginia

Louisa County

Our profile page for Gum Spring, Louisa County   [Map]
Distance: About 548 miles [881.9 km] to the East Northeast

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West Virginia

Monongalia County

Our profile page for Gum Spring, Monongalia County   [Map]
Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the Northeast

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Gum Spring. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Morgan County: www.co.morgan.al.us/

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' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Gum Spring. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gum Spring) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gum Spring. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4362, Longitude: -86.8186     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gum Spring 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 Gum Spring 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 313.739 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.487 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.104 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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