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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Fort Payne [Map], which is the Seat of DeKalb County, lies just to the East.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 147 miles [236.6 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Luna to Montgomery, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 575 miles [925.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 33 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,467 miles [10,407.6 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 7,176 miles [11,548.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,053 miles [8,132 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Luna ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Luna.

While the name Luna is unique within Alabama, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Chicot County

Our profile page for Luna, Chicot County   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the West

Louisiana

Ouachita Parish

Our profile page for Luna, Ouachita Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the West Southwest

Minnesota

Marshall County

Our profile page for Luna, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,107 miles [1,781.5 km] to the North Northwest

Missouri

Ozark County

Our profile page for Luna, Ozark County   [Map]
Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the West Northwest

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New Mexico

Catron County

Our profile page for Luna, Catron County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,319 miles [2,122.7 km] to the West

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Luna, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,133 miles [1,823.4 km] to the West

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Tennessee

Marshall County

Our profile page for Luna, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 81 miles [130.4 km] to the Northwest

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Texas

Freestone County

Our profile page for Luna, Freestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 633 miles [1,018.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Washington

Klickitat County

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

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The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Luna. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4465, Longitude: -85.8277     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Luna 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 Luna 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 313.141 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.798 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.696 degrees.

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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 Luna.



 
 
 

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