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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Huntsville [Map], which is the Seat of Madison County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 169 miles [272 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Normal to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 597 miles [960.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,481 miles [10,430.2 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 7,194 miles [11,577.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,070 miles [8,159.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Normal ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Normal.

While the name Normal is unique within Alabama, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Illinois

McLean County

Our profile page for Normal, McLean County   [Map]
Distance: About 417 miles [671.1 km] to the North Northwest

Indiana

Grant County

Our profile page for Normal, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the North

Kentucky

Boyd County

Our profile page for Normal, Boyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 334 miles [537.5 km] to the Northeast

Calloway County

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

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Pennsylvania

Carbon County

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

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Tennessee

Shelby County

Our profile page for Normal, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 191 miles [307.4 km] to the West

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Virginia

Rockingham County

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

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

The official website for Madison County: www.co.madison.al.us/

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Normal. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Normal

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Normal. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7890, Longitude: -86.5719     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Normal 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 Normal 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 313.607 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.384 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.922 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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