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Moss, Alabama
(Marengo County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Linden [Map], which is the Seat of Marengo County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Moss to Linden, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 91 miles [146.5 km] to the East (E). 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 764 miles [1,229.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 44 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,660 miles [10,718.2 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 7,367 miles [11,856 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,244 miles [8,439.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Moss ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Moss.

While the name Moss is unique within Alabama, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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California

Imperial County

Our profile page for Moss, Imperial County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,602 miles [2,578.2 km] to the West

Monterey County

Our profile page for Moss, Monterey County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,950 miles [3,138.2 km] to the West Northwest

Idaho

Canyon County

Our profile page for Moss, Canyon County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,746 miles [2,809.9 km] to the Northwest

Kansas

Johnson County

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

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Louisiana

Caddo Parish

Our profile page for Moss, Caddo Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 337 miles [542.3 km] to the West

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Mississippi

Jasper County

Our profile page for Moss, Jasper County   [Map]
Distance: About 82 miles [132 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Lafayette County

Our profile page for Moss, Lafayette County
Although located in Lafayette County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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North Carolina

Stanly County

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

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South Carolina

Edgefield County

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

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Tennessee

Clay County

Our profile page for Moss, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 332 miles [534.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Moss, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,460 miles [2,349.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Dickenson County

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

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West Virginia

Gilmer County

Our profile page for Moss, Gilmer County   [Map]
Distance: About 609 miles [980.1 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 Moss, 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 beginning in Moss. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Moss) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moss. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1276, Longitude: -87.8167     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Moss 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 Moss 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 314.186 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.686 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.979 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 Moss.



 
 
 

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