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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

How Far From Highlands 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 community such as Highlands to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Columbiana [Map], which is the Seat of Shelby County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Highlands to Columbiana, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 75 miles [120.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). 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 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 672 miles [1,081.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,567 miles [10,568.6 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 7,275 miles [11,708 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,152 miles [8,291.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Highlands ...

We have found 47 communities that share the name Highlands.

Within Alabama, there are 3 communities which are also named Highlands. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 44 communities in the United States and Canada - with 46 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

Etowah County

Our profile page for Highlands, Etowah County   [Map]
Distance: About 73 miles [117.5 km] to the Northeast

Madison County

Our profile page for Highlands, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 102 miles [164.2 km] to the North

Tuscaloosa County

Our profile page for Highlands, Tuscaloosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 35 miles [56.3 km] to the West


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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 DelawareMaineNorth CarolinaVirginia
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 GeorgiaMassachusettsPennsylvania 
 IdahoNew BrunswickSouth Carolina 

British Columbia

Our profile page for Highlands
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

California

San Mateo County

Our profile page for Highlands, San Mateo County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,002 miles [3,221.9 km] to the West Northwest

Santa Clara County

Our profile page for Highlands, Santa Clara County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,989 miles [3,201 km] to the West Northwest

Colorado

Arapahoe County

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

Denver County

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

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Highlands, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,100 miles [1,770.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Delaware

New Castle County

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

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Florida

Broward County

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

Duval County

Our profile page for Highlands, Duval County   [Map]
Distance: About 365 miles [587.4 km] to the East Southeast

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Georgia

Cobb County

Our profile page for Highlands, Cobb County   [Map]
Distance: About 144 miles [231.7 km] to the East Northeast

Fayette County

Our profile page for Highlands, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 135 miles [217.3 km] to the East

Paulding County

Our profile page for Highlands, Paulding County   [Map]
Distance: About 127 miles [204.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Idaho

Ada County

Our profile page for Highlands, Ada County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,724 miles [2,774.5 km] to the Northwest

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Illinois

Cook County

Our profile page for Highlands, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 611 miles [983.3 km] to the North

DuPage County

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

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Kentucky

Fayette County

Our profile page for Highlands, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 357 miles [574.5 km] to the North Northeast

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Highlands, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 347 miles [558.4 km] to the North

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Louisiana

East Baton Rouge Parish

Our profile page for Highlands, East Baton Rouge Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Highlands, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,145 miles [1,842.7 km] to the Northeast

Piscataquis County

Our profile page for Highlands, Piscataquis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,245 miles [2,003.6 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Highlands, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 700 miles [1,126.5 km] to the Northeast

Calvert County

Our profile page for Highlands, Calvert County   [Map]
Distance: About 688 miles [1,107.2 km] to the Northeast

Cecil County

Our profile page for Highlands, Cecil County   [Map]
Distance: About 758 miles [1,219.9 km] to the Northeast

Montgomery County

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

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Massachusetts

Essex County

Our profile page for Highlands, Essex County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,079 miles [1,736.5 km] to the Northeast

Hampden County

Our profile page for Highlands, Hampden County   [Map]
Distance: About 991 miles [1,594.9 km] to the Northeast

Middlesex County

Our profile page for Highlands, Middlesex County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,062 miles [1,709.1 km] to the Northeast

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Highlands   [Map]
Distance: About 1,372 miles [2,208 km] to the Northeast

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New Hampshire

Coos County

Our profile page for Highlands, Coos County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,126 miles [1,812.1 km] to the Northeast

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New Jersey

Monmouth County

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

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Highlands   [Map]
Distance: About 1,772 miles [2,851.8 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Jackson County

Our profile page for Highlands, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 244 miles [392.7 km] to the East Northeast

Orange County

Our profile page for Highlands, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 481 miles [774.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Clermont County

Our profile page for Highlands, Clermont County   [Map]
Distance: About 434 miles [698.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Luzerne County

Our profile page for Highlands, Luzerne County   [Map]
Distance: About 806 miles [1,297.1 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Berkeley County

Our profile page for Highlands, Berkeley County   [Map]
Distance: About 398 miles [640.5 km] to the East

Greenville County

Our profile page for Highlands, Greenville County   [Map]
Distance: About 278 miles [447.4 km] to the East Northeast

Horry County

Our profile page for Highlands, Horry County   [Map]
Distance: About 466 miles [750 km] to the East

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Tennessee

Grainger County

Our profile page for Highlands, Grainger County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 274 miles [441 km] to the Northeast

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Texas

Harris County

Our profile page for Highlands, Harris County   [Map]
Distance: About 535 miles [861 km] to the West Southwest

Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Highlands, Hidalgo County   [Map]
Distance: About 822 miles [1,322.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Highlands, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,465 miles [2,357.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Arlington County

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

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Highlands, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,073 miles [3,336.2 km] to the Northwest

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Highlands. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2984, Longitude: -86.9194     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Highlands 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 Highlands 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 313.733 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.322 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.39 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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<8>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 Highlands, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Highlands.



 
 
 

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