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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Fort Payne [Map], which is the Seat of DeKalb County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Homer to Fort Payne, with an average speed<3> 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 five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 133 miles [214 km] to the South (S). 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 586 miles [943.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,479 miles [10,426.9 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 7,188 miles [11,568 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,064 miles [8,149.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Homer ...

We have found 29 communities that share the name Homer.

While the name Homer is unique within Alabama, we know of another 29 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Alaska

Our profile page for Homer   [Map]
Distance: About 3,372 miles [5,426.7 km] to the Northwest

California

San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Homer, San Bernardino County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,644 miles [2,645.8 km] to the West

Georgia

Banks County

Our profile page for Homer, Banks County   [Map]
Distance: About 137 miles [220.5 km] to the East

Illinois

Champaign County

Our profile page for Homer, Champaign County   [Map]
Distance: About 414 miles [666.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Indiana

Rush County

Our profile page for Homer, Rush County   [Map]
Distance: About 367 miles [590.6 km] to the North

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Iowa

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Homer, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 707 miles [1,137.8 km] to the Northwest

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Kansas

Russell County

Our profile page for Homer, Russell County   [Map]
Distance: About 781 miles [1,256.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Kentucky

Logan County

Our profile page for Homer, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 193 miles [310.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Louisiana

Claiborne Parish

Our profile page for Homer, Claiborne Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 423 miles [680.8 km] to the West

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Michigan

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Homer, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 547 miles [880.3 km] to the North

Iron County

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

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Minnesota

Winona County

Our profile page for Homer, Winona County   [Map]
Distance: About 738 miles [1,187.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Atchison County

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

Stone County

Our profile page for Homer, Stone County   [Map]
Distance: About 449 miles [722.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Dakota County

Our profile page for Homer, Dakota County   [Map]
Distance: About 797 miles [1,282.6 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Homer, 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

Cortland County

Our profile page for Homer, Cortland County   [Map]
Distance: About 780 miles [1,255.3 km] to the Northeast

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North Dakota

Stutsman County

Our profile page for Homer, Stutsman County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,094 miles [1,760.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Ohio

Licking County

Our profile page for Homer, Licking County   [Map]
Distance: About 453 miles [729 km] to the North Northeast

Medina County

Our profile page for Homer, Medina County   [Map]
Distance: About 511 miles [822.4 km] to the North Northeast

Union County

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

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Oklahoma

Pontotoc County

Our profile page for Homer, Pontotoc County   [Map]
Distance: About 610 miles [981.7 km] to the West

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Ontario

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

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Oregon

Grant County

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

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Tennessee

Madison County

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

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Texas

Angelina County

Our profile page for Homer, Angelina County   [Map]
Distance: About 546 miles [878.7 km] to the West Southwest

Jasper County

Our profile page for Homer, Jasper County   [Map]
Distance: About 533 miles [857.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Russell County

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

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Wisconsin

Grant County

Our profile page for Homer, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 659 miles [1,060.6 km] to the North Northwest

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About DeKalb County

About Alabama

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The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

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







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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Homer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2634, Longitude: -85.9072     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Homer 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 Homer 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 313.18 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.817 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.771 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 Homer.



 
 
 

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