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Mount Sterling, Alabama

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

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How Far From Mount Sterling 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 Mount Sterling to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Butler [Map], which is the Seat of Choctaw County, lies just to the West.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 112 miles [180.2 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Mount Sterling to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 781 miles [1,256.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 45 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,676 miles [10,744 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 7,384 miles [11,883.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,261 miles [8,466.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Mount Sterling ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Mount Sterling.

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

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Brown County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Brown County   [Map]
Distance: About 563 miles [906.1 km] to the North Northwest


Switzerland County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Switzerland County   [Map]
Distance: About 494 miles [795 km] to the North Northeast


Van Buren County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Van Buren County   [Map]
Distance: About 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the North Northwest


Bourbon County

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

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 476 miles [766 km] to the North Northeast

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Gasconade County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Gasconade County   [Map]
Distance: About 481 miles [774.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Haywood County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Haywood County   [Map]
Distance: About 384 miles [618 km] to the Northeast

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Madison County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 593 miles [954.3 km] to the North Northeast

Muskingum County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Muskingum County   [Map]
Distance: About 637 miles [1,025.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Fayette County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 704 miles [1,133 km] to the Northeast

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DeKalb County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, DeKalb County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 294 miles [473.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Cache County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Cache County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,462 miles [2,352.9 km] to the Northwest

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Crawford County

Our profile page for Mount Sterling, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 789 miles [1,269.8 km] to the North

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Mount Sterling. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mount Sterling) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Sterling. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0938, Longitude: -88.1631     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Sterling 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 Mount Sterling 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 314.39 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.919 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 311.122 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 Mount Sterling, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mount Sterling.


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