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A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Oak Forest, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the South.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 91 miles [146.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Oak Forest to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 653 miles [1,050.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, 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 6,546 miles [10,534.8 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 7,256 miles [11,677.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,132 miles [8,259.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Oak Forest ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Oak Forest.

While the name Oak Forest is unique within Alabama, we know of another 26 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Lee County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 249 miles [400.7 km] to the West Northwest

Lonoke County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Lonoke County   [Map]
Distance: About 309 miles [497.3 km] to the West Northwest

Phillips County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Phillips County   [Map]
Distance: About 228 miles [366.9 km] to the West Northwest

Pulaski County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Pulaski County   [Map]
Distance: About 326 miles [524.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 465 miles [748.3 km] to the Southeast

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Chatham County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Chatham County   [Map]
Distance: About 349 miles [561.7 km] to the East Southeast

Clayton County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Clayton County   [Map]
Distance: About 137 miles [220.5 km] to the East

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Cook County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 555 miles [893.2 km] to the North

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Franklin County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 410 miles [659.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Allen County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 218 miles [350.8 km] to the North

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East Baton Rouge Parish

Our profile page for Oak Forest, East Baton Rouge Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 330 miles [531.1 km] to the Southwest

Terrebonne Parish

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Terrebonne Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 367 miles [590.6 km] to the Southwest

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Baltimore County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 680 miles [1,094.4 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Buncombe County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Buncombe County   [Map]
Distance: About 274 miles [441 km] to the East Northeast

Iredell County

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

Johnston County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Johnston County   [Map]
Distance: About 490 miles [788.6 km] to the East Northeast

Wayne County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the East Northeast

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Greene County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 562 miles [904.5 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Charleston County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Charleston County   [Map]
Distance: About 395 miles [635.7 km] to the East

Florence County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Florence County   [Map]
Distance: About 398 miles [640.5 km] to the East

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Spartanburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Gonzales County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Gonzales County   [Map]
Distance: About 695 miles [1,118.5 km] to the West Southwest

Harris County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Harris County   [Map]
Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Chesterfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 580 miles [933.4 km] to the East Northeast

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 553 miles [890 km] to the East Northeast

Hanover County

Our profile page for Oak Forest, Hanover County   [Map]
Distance: About 598 miles [962.4 km] to the East Northeast

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The Communities of Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak Forest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6023, Longitude: -86.7819     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oak Forest 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 Oak Forest 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 313.669 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.291 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.271 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 Oak Forest.


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