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Johns, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 21 miles [33.8 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Johns to Birmingham, 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 most of a day.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 85 miles [136.8 km] to the Southeast (SE). 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 678 miles [1,091.1 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 6,572 miles [10,576.6 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 7,281 miles [11,717.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,157 miles [8,299.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Johns ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Johns.

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

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Rankin County

Our profile page for Johns, Rankin County   [Map]
Distance: About 179 miles [288.1 km] to the West Southwest

North Carolina

Scotland County

Our profile page for Johns, Scotland County   [Map]
Distance: About 448 miles [721 km] to the East Northeast

South Carolina

Union County

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


Powhatan County

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

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West Virginia

Boone County

Our profile page for Johns, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 448 miles [721 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Johns. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3618, Longitude: -87.1097     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Johns 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 Johns 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 313.851 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.468 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.453 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 Johns.


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