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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Anniston [Map], which is the Seat of Calhoun County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Minden to Anniston, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of 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 93 miles [149.7 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 618 miles [994.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,514 miles [10,483.3 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 7,221 miles [11,621.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,098 miles [8,204.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Minden ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Minden.

While the name Minden is unique within Alabama, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Iowa

Pottawattamie County

Our profile page for Minden, Pottawattamie County   [Map]
Distance: About 743 miles [1,195.7 km] to the Northwest

Louisiana

Webster Parish

Our profile page for Minden, Webster Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 421 miles [677.5 km] to the West

Missouri

Barton County

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

Nebraska

Kearney County

Our profile page for Minden, Kearney County   [Map]
Distance: About 848 miles [1,364.7 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Douglas County

Our profile page for Minden, Douglas County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,896 miles [3,051.3 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Minden, 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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Ontario

Our profile page for Minden   [Map]
Distance: About 868 miles [1,396.9 km] to the North Northeast

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South Carolina

Chesterfield County

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

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Texas

Rusk County

Our profile page for Minden, Rusk County   [Map]
Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the West

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West Virginia

Fayette County

Our profile page for Minden, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 406 miles [653.4 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 Minden, 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 in Minden. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Minden) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Minden. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7023, Longitude: -86.1061     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Minden 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 Minden 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 313.27 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.843 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.978 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 Minden.



 
 
 

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