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Melvin, Alabama
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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Melvin to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Melvin to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Butler [Map], which is the Seat of Choctaw County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Melvin to Butler, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 131 miles [210.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 801 miles [1,289.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,697 miles [10,777.8 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 7,404 miles [11,915.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,281 miles [8,498.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Melvin ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Melvin.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Melvin. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 15 communities in the United States and Canada - with 15 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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California

Fresno County

Our profile page for Melvin, Fresno County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,803 miles [2,901.6 km] to the West Northwest

Colorado

Arapahoe County

Our profile page for Melvin, Arapahoe County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Arapahoe County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Florida

Hamilton County

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

Illinois

Ford County

Our profile page for Melvin, Ford County   [Map]
Distance: About 596 miles [959.2 km] to the North

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Iowa

Osceola County

Our profile page for Melvin, Osceola County   [Map]
Distance: About 875 miles [1,408.2 km] to the North Northwest

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Kentucky

Floyd County

Our profile page for Melvin, Floyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Sanilac County

Our profile page for Melvin, Sanilac County   [Map]
Distance: About 834 miles [1,342.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Minnesota

Polk County

Our profile page for Melvin, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,160 miles [1,866.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Benton County

Our profile page for Melvin, Benton County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Benton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Nevada

White Pine County

Our profile page for Melvin, White Pine County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,561 miles [2,512.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Ohio

Clinton County

Our profile page for Melvin, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 584 miles [939.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Oklahoma

Cherokee County

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

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Ontario

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

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Pennsylvania

McKean County

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

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Texas

McCulloch County

Our profile page for Melvin, McCulloch County   [Map]
Distance: About 656 miles [1,055.7 km] to the West

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Melvin. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Melvin) 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 Melvin. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Melvin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Melvin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9304, Longitude: -88.4589     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Melvin 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 Melvin 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 314.554 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.087 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 311.268 degrees.

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<7>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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<8>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 Melvin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Melvin.



 
 
 

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