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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Carrollton [Map], which is the Seat of Pickens County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 116 miles [186.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Olney to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 730 miles [1,174.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 42 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,621 miles [10,655.5 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 7,332 miles [11,799.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,208 miles [8,381.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Olney ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Olney.

While the name Olney is unique within Alabama, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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California

Shasta County

Our profile page for Olney, Shasta County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Shasta County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Colorado

Bent County

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

Georgia

Bulloch County

Our profile page for Olney, Bulloch County   [Map]
Distance: About 387 miles [622.8 km] to the East

Illinois

Richland County

Our profile page for Olney, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 385 miles [619.6 km] to the North

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Kansas

Rush County

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

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Kentucky

Hopkins County

Our profile page for Olney, Hopkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 282 miles [453.8 km] to the North

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Maryland

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Olney, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 738 miles [1,187.7 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Shiawassee County

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

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Mississippi

Neshoba County

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

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Missouri

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Olney, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Montana

Flathead County

Our profile page for Olney, Flathead County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,732 miles [2,787.4 km] to the Northwest

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Ohio

Hancock County

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

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Oklahoma

Coal County

Our profile page for Olney, Coal County   [Map]
Distance: About 486 miles [782.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Oregon

Clatsop County

Our profile page for Olney, Clatsop County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,077 miles [3,342.6 km] to the Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Philadelphia County

Our profile page for Olney, Philadelphia County   [Map]
Distance: About 858 miles [1,380.8 km] to the Northeast

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Texas

Young County

Our profile page for Olney, Young County   [Map]
Distance: About 618 miles [994.6 km] to the West

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Olney, King County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in King County, 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 'straight-line' distance that begins in Olney. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Olney) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olney. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1412, Longitude: -88.0386     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Olney 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 Olney 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 314.398 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.07 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.872 degrees.

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<7>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 Olney, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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