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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Athens [Map], which is the Seat of Limestone County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 170 miles [273.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Lawson to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 624 miles [1,004.2 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 6,505 miles [10,468.8 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 7,219 miles [11,617.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,095 miles [8,199.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Lawson ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Lawson.

While the name Lawson is unique within Alabama, we know of another 14 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Union County

Our profile page for Lawson, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 327 miles [526.3 km] to the West Southwest

Colorado

Clear Creek County

Our profile page for Lawson, Clear Creek County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,075 miles [1,730 km] to the West Northwest

Georgia

Colquitt County

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

Kansas

Grant County

Our profile page for Lawson, 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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Kentucky

Breathitt County

Our profile page for Lawson, Breathitt County   [Map]
Distance: About 282 miles [453.8 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Somerset County

Our profile page for Lawson, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 663 miles [1,067 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Marquette County

Our profile page for Lawson, Marquette County   [Map]
Distance: About 801 miles [1,289.1 km] to the North

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Missouri

Ray County

Our profile page for Lawson, Ray County   [Map]
Distance: About 510 miles [820.8 km] to the Northwest

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Lawson   [Map]
Distance: About 1,481 miles [2,383.4 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Lawson, Spartanburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 292 miles [469.9 km] to the East

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Tennessee

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Lawson, Sullivan County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 289 miles [465.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Texas

Dallas County

Our profile page for Lawson, Dallas County   [Map]
Distance: About 562 miles [904.5 km] to the West

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Virginia

Isle of Wight County

Our profile page for Lawson, Isle of Wight County   [Map]
Distance: About 604 miles [972 km] to the East Northeast

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West Virginia

Raleigh County

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

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

The official website for Limestone County: www.co.limestone.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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Lawson. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Lawson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lawson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7251, Longitude: -87.0728     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lawson 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 Lawson 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 313.91 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.724 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.145 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 Lawson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Lawson.



 
 
 

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