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Nicholson, Alabama

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

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

  • Fort Payne [Map], which is the Seat of DeKalb County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Nicholson to Fort Payne, 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 four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 137 miles [220.5 km] to the South (S). 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 584 miles [939.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,477 miles [10,423.7 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 7,186 miles [11,564.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,062 miles [8,146.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Nicholson ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Nicholson.

While the name Nicholson is unique within Alabama, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Nicholson   [Map]
Distance: About 1,934 miles [3,112.5 km] to the Northwest


Jackson County

Our profile page for Nicholson, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 142 miles [228.5 km] to the East


Kenton County

Our profile page for Nicholson, Kenton County   [Map]
Distance: About 326 miles [524.6 km] to the North Northeast


Shiawassee County

Our profile page for Nicholson, Shiawassee County   [Map]
Distance: About 592 miles [952.7 km] to the North

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Hancock County

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

Pearl River County

Our profile page for Nicholson, Pearl River County   [Map]
Distance: About 344 miles [553.6 km] to the Southwest

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Cascade County

Our profile page for Nicholson, Cascade County
This community is historic.
Although located in Cascade County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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North Dakota

Sargent County

Our profile page for Nicholson, Sargent County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,027 miles [1,652.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Our profile page for Nicholson   [Map]
Distance: About 948 miles [1,525.7 km] to the North

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Wyoming County

Our profile page for Nicholson, Wyoming County   [Map]
Distance: About 746 miles [1,200.6 km] to the Northeast

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Waupaca County

Our profile page for Nicholson, Waupaca County   [Map]
Distance: About 722 miles [1,161.9 km] to the North

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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 Nicholson, 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' distance starting in Nicholson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Nicholson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nicholson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3106, Longitude: -85.9155     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nicholson 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 Nicholson 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 313.187 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.832 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.763 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 Nicholson.


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