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North Heights, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Elba [Map], which is the Seat of Coffee County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from North Heights to Elba, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours 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 74 miles [119.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). 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 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,615 miles [10,645.8 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 7,312 miles [11,767.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,192 miles [8,355.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named North Heights ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name North Heights.

While the name North Heights is unique within Alabama, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Miller County

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


Potter County

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


Weber County

Our profile page for North Heights, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,598 miles [2,571.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3302, Longitude: -85.8574     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for North Heights 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 North Heights 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 312.969 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.168 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.383 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for North Heights.


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