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Leighton, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Tuscumbia [Map], which is the Seat of Colbert County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Leighton to Tuscumbia, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 177 miles [284.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 648 miles [1,042.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,525 miles [10,501 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 7,240 miles [11,651.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,115 miles [8,231.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Leighton ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Leighton.

While the name Leighton is unique within Alabama, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


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Arkansas

Prairie County

Our profile page for Leighton, Prairie County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 233 miles [375 km] to the West

California

Shasta County

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

Georgia

Coffee County

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

Iowa

Mahaska County

Our profile page for Leighton, Mahaska County   [Map]
Distance: About 540 miles [869 km] to the North Northwest

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Kentucky

Estill County

Our profile page for Leighton, Estill County   [Map]
Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the Northeast

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Louisiana

Lafourche Parish

Our profile page for Leighton, Lafourche Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 390 miles [627.6 km] to the South Southwest

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Manitoba

Our profile page for Leighton   [Map]
Distance: About 1,202 miles [1,934.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Minnesota

Hennepin County

Our profile page for Leighton, Hennepin County   [Map]
Distance: About 784 miles [1,261.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Lee County

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

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New Mexico

Colfax County

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

Union County

Our profile page for Leighton, 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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Tennessee

Madison County

Our profile page for Leighton, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 104 miles [167.4 km] to the Northwest

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

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

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







Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Leighton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Leighton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Leighton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6986, Longitude: -87.5291     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Leighton 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 Leighton 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 314.188 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.042 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.34 degrees.

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<7>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 Leighton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Leighton.



 
 
 

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