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Jack, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Elba [Map], which is the Seat of Coffee County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Jack to Elba, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 55 miles [88.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 714 miles [1,149.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,610 miles [10,637.8 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 7,308 miles [11,761.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,188 miles [8,349.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Jack ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Jack.

While the name Jack is unique within Alabama, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Russell County

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


Saint Helena Parish

Our profile page for Jack, Saint Helena Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 284 miles [457.1 km] to the West


Copiah County

Our profile page for Jack, Copiah County   [Map]
Distance: About 269 miles [432.9 km] to the West


Dent County

Our profile page for Jack, Dent County   [Map]
Distance: About 523 miles [841.7 km] to the Northwest

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Dinwiddie County

Our profile page for Jack, Dinwiddie County   [Map]
Distance: About 619 miles [996.2 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Jack. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Jack) 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 Jack. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Jack

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jack. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5741, Longitude: -86.0002     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Jack 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 Jack 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 313.07 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.318 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.388 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Jack.


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