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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Fort Payne [Map], which is the Seat of DeKalb County, lies 23 miles [37 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Marcus to Fort Payne, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 129 miles [207.6 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 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 591 miles [951.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,484 miles [10,435 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 7,193 miles [11,576 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,070 miles [8,159.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Marcus ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Marcus.

While the name Marcus is unique within Alabama, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Hot Spring County

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

Georgia

Jackson County

Our profile page for Marcus, Jackson County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 132 miles [212.4 km] to the East

Illinois

Carroll County

Our profile page for Marcus, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 594 miles [956 km] to the North Northwest

Iowa

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Marcus, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 795 miles [1,279.4 km] to the Northwest

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Kentucky

Pendleton County

Our profile page for Marcus, Pendleton County   [Map]
Distance: About 312 miles [502.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Michigan

Marquette County

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

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Nevada

Humboldt County

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

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North Carolina

Montgomery County

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

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South Dakota

Meade County

Our profile page for Marcus, Meade County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,125 miles [1,810.5 km] to the Northwest

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Washington

Stevens County

Our profile page for Marcus, Stevens County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,916 miles [3,083.5 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Webster County

Our profile page for Marcus, Webster County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Webster 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 Marcus, 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' distance that stretches from Marcus. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Marcus) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Marcus. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2151, Longitude: -85.9830     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Marcus 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 Marcus 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 313.223 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.86 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.813 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 Marcus.



 
 
 

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