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Little Zion, Alabama

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

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

  • Tuscumbia [Map], which is the Seat of Colbert County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Little Zion to Tuscumbia, with an average speed<3> 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 182 miles [292.9 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 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 667 miles [1,073.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,542 miles [10,528.3 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 7,258 miles [11,680.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,133 miles [8,260.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Little Zion ...

While the name Little Zion is unique within Alabama, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Kentucky

Webster County

Our profile page for Little Zion, Webster County   [Map]
Distance: About 201 miles [323.5 km] to the North

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

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

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 Little Zion, 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 'point-to-point' distance starting from Little Zion. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Little Zion) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Little Zion. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6329, Longitude: -87.8723     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Little Zion 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 Little Zion 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 314.395 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.272 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.498 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Little Zion.



 
 
 

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