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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Fort Payne [Map], which is the Seat of DeKalb County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Mahan to Fort Payne, with an average speed<3> 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 155 miles [249.4 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 569 miles [915.7 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 6,460 miles [10,396.4 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 7,170 miles [11,539 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,046 miles [8,120.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Mahan ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Mahan.

While the name Mahan is unique within Alabama, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Delaware

Kent County

Our profile page for Mahan, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 637 miles [1,025.2 km] to the East Northeast

Georgia

Walker County

Our profile page for Mahan, Walker County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 24 miles [38.6 km] to the East Northeast

Louisiana

Claiborne Parish

Our profile page for Mahan, Claiborne Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 431 miles [693.6 km] to the West Southwest

Missouri

Texas County

Our profile page for Mahan, Texas County   [Map]
Distance: About 388 miles [624.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Oregon

Washington County

Our profile page for Mahan, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,083 miles [3,352.3 km] to the West Northwest

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West Virginia

Fayette County

Our profile page for Mahan, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 343 miles [552 km] to the Northeast

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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 Mahan, 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 that stretches from Mahan. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mahan) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mahan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5737, Longitude: -85.8127     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mahan 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 Mahan 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 313.137 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.812 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.66 degrees.

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