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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

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

  • Columbiana [Map], which is the Seat of Shelby County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 62 miles [99.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could walk a straight line from Nelson to Montgomery, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 661 miles [1,063.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,557 miles [10,552.5 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 7,263 miles [11,688.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,140 miles [8,272 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Nelson ...

We have found 52 communities that share the name Nelson.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Nelson. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 50 communities in the United States and Canada - with 49 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama


Other Communities Located In Alabama

Chambers County

Our profile page for Nelson, Chambers County   [Map]
Distance: About 82 miles [132 km] to the East Southeast

Mobile County

Our profile page for Nelson, Mobile County   [Map]
Distance: About 217 miles [349.2 km] to the South Southwest


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arizona

Pima County

Our profile page for Nelson, Pima County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,430 miles [2,301.4 km] to the West

Yavapai County

Our profile page for Nelson, Yavapai County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,527 miles [2,457.5 km] to the West Northwest

Arkansas

Drew County

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

British Columbia

Our profile page for Nelson   [Map]
Distance: About 1,926 miles [3,099.6 km] to the Northwest

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California

Butte County

Our profile page for Nelson, Butte County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,990 miles [3,202.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Colorado

Morgan County

Our profile page for Nelson, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,060 miles [1,705.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Georgia

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Nelson, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 150 miles [241.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Idaho

Clearwater County

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

Oneida County

Our profile page for Nelson, Oneida County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,543 miles [2,483.2 km] to the West Northwest

Shoshone County

Our profile page for Nelson, Shoshone County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,826 miles [2,938.7 km] to the Northwest

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Illinois

Iroquois County

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

Lee County

Our profile page for Nelson, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 615 miles [989.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Indiana

Vigo County

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

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Iowa

Guthrie County

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

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Kansas

Cloud County

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

Crawford County

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

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Kentucky

Clark County

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

Muhlenberg County

Our profile page for Nelson, Muhlenberg County   [Map]
Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the North

Wolfe County

Our profile page for Nelson, Wolfe County   [Map]
Distance: About 355 miles [571.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Louisiana

Bienville Parish

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

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Manitoba

Our profile page for Nelson   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,258 miles [2,024.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Maryland

Charles County

Our profile page for Nelson, Charles County   [Map]
Distance: About 645 miles [1,038 km] to the Northeast

Somerset County

Our profile page for Nelson, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 685 miles [1,102.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Cheboygan County

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

Saginaw County

Our profile page for Nelson, Saginaw County   [Map]
Distance: About 710 miles [1,142.6 km] to the North

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Minnesota

Douglas County

Our profile page for Nelson, Douglas County   [Map]
Distance: About 988 miles [1,590 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Saline County

Our profile page for Nelson, Saline County   [Map]
Distance: About 537 miles [864.2 km] to the Northwest

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Montana

Fergus County

Our profile page for Nelson, Fergus County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,522 miles [2,449.4 km] to the Northwest

Lewis and Clark County

Our profile page for Nelson, Lewis and Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,619 miles [2,605.5 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Nuckolls County

Our profile page for Nelson, Nuckolls County   [Map]
Distance: About 796 miles [1,281 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Clark County

Our profile page for Nelson, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,611 miles [2,592.7 km] to the West Northwest

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New Hampshire

Cheshire County

Our profile page for Nelson, Cheshire County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,032 miles [1,660.8 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Madison County

Our profile page for Nelson, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the Northeast

Steuben County

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

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North Carolina

Durham County

Our profile page for Nelson, Durham County   [Map]
Distance: About 476 miles [766 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Morgan County

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

Portage County

Our profile page for Nelson, Portage County   [Map]
Distance: About 635 miles [1,021.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Oklahoma

Choctaw County

Our profile page for Nelson, Choctaw County   [Map]
Distance: About 526 miles [846.5 km] to the West

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Ontario

Our profile page for Nelson   [Map]
Distance: About 790 miles [1,271.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Baker County

Our profile page for Nelson, Baker County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,818 miles [2,925.8 km] to the Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Tioga County

Our profile page for Nelson, Tioga County   [Map]
Distance: About 791 miles [1,273 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Fairfield County

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

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Texas

Ellis County

Our profile page for Nelson, Ellis County   [Map]
Distance: About 599 miles [964 km] to the West

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Nelson, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,484 miles [2,388.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Nelson, Mecklenburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 502 miles [807.9 km] to the East Northeast

York County

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

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Washington

Kittitas County

Our profile page for Nelson, Kittitas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,035 miles [3,275 km] to the Northwest

Skamania County

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

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West Virginia

Boone County

Our profile page for Nelson, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 435 miles [700.1 km] to the Northeast

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Wisconsin

Buffalo County

Our profile page for Nelson, Buffalo County   [Map]
Distance: About 826 miles [1,329.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Nelson. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nelson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2154, Longitude: -86.5811     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nelson 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 Nelson 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 313.525 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.07 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.273 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 Nelson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Nelson.



 
 
 

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