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Otho, Alabama

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

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

  • Abbeville [Map], which is the Seat of Henry County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Otho to Abbeville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 80 miles [128.7 km] to the Northwest (NW). 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 674 miles [1,084.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,567 miles [10,568.6 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 7,263 miles [11,688.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,144 miles [8,278.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Otho ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Otho.

While the name Otho is unique within Alabama, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Webster County

Our profile page for Otho, Webster County   [Map]
Distance: About 891 miles [1,433.9 km] to the North Northwest


Fleming County

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


Scott County

Our profile page for Otho, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 253 miles [407.2 km] to the West


Morgan County

Our profile page for Otho, Morgan County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 584 miles [939.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Gonzales County

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Otho. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6896, Longitude: -85.1297     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Otho 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 Otho 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 312.574 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 307.76 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.037 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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<8>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 Otho, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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