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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Talladega [Map], which is the Seat of Talladega County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Oldfield to Talladega, with an average speed<2> 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 five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 59 miles [95 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 645 miles [1,038 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,542 miles [10,528.3 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 7,248 miles [11,664.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,125 miles [8,247.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Oldfield ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Oldfield.

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


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Iowa

Polk County

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

Louisiana

Livingston Parish

Our profile page for Oldfield, Livingston Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the West Southwest

Maryland

Calvert County

Our profile page for Oldfield, Calvert County   [Map]
Distance: About 657 miles [1,057.3 km] to the Northeast

Frederick County

Our profile page for Oldfield, Frederick County   [Map]
Distance: About 663 miles [1,067 km] to the Northeast

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Missouri

Christian County

Our profile page for Oldfield, Christian County   [Map]
Distance: About 465 miles [748.3 km] to the Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Oldfield   [Map]
Distance: About 678 miles [1,091.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Virginia

Virginia Beach City

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oldfield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2029, Longitude: -86.2180     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oldfield 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 Oldfield 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 313.307 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.818 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.131 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 Oldfield.



 
 
 

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