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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 83 miles [133.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Overton 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 5 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 6,547 miles [10,536.4 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 Overton ...

We have found 20 communities that share the name Overton.

While the name Overton is unique within Alabama, we know of another 20 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Colorado

El Paso County

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

Florida

Hillsborough County

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

Georgia

Elbert County

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

Kansas

Butler County

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

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Louisiana

Webster Parish

Our profile page for Overton, Webster Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 387 miles [622.8 km] to the West

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Manitoba

Our profile page for Overton   [Map]
Distance: About 1,343 miles [2,161.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Maryland

Kent County

Our profile page for Overton, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 696 miles [1,120.1 km] to the Northeast

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Mississippi

Alcorn County

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

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Missouri

Cooper County

Our profile page for Overton, Cooper County   [Map]
Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Dawson County

Our profile page for Overton, Dawson County   [Map]
Distance: About 864 miles [1,390.5 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Clark County

Our profile page for Overton, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,577 miles [2,537.9 km] to the West Northwest

Humboldt County

Our profile page for Overton, Humboldt County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,830 miles [2,945.1 km] to the West Northwest

Lincoln County

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

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Overton   [Map]
Distance: About 1,311 miles [2,109.8 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Wayne County

Our profile page for Overton, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 569 miles [915.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Bradford County

Our profile page for Overton, Bradford County   [Map]
Distance: About 787 miles [1,266.6 km] to the Northeast

Westmoreland County

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

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Tennessee

Shelby County

Our profile page for Overton, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 223 miles [358.9 km] to the Northwest

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Texas

Rusk County

Our profile page for Overton, Rusk County   [Map]
Distance: About 487 miles [783.8 km] to the West

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Virginia

Albemarle County

Our profile page for Overton, Albemarle County   [Map]
Distance: About 553 miles [890 km] to the Northeast

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Overton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5045, Longitude: -86.6897     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Overton 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 Overton 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 313.608 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.206 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.254 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 Overton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Overton.



 
 
 

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