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Paragon, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Butler [Map], which is the Seat of Choctaw County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Paragon to Butler, 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 127 miles [204.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 800 miles [1,287.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,696 miles [10,776.2 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 7,403 miles [11,914 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,280 miles [8,497.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Paragon ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Paragon.

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

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Morgan County

Our profile page for Paragon, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 528 miles [849.7 km] to the North


Morgan County

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

Rowan County

Our profile page for Paragon, Rowan County   [Map]
Distance: About 510 miles [820.8 km] to the North Northeast


De Soto Parish

Our profile page for Paragon, De Soto Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the West

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Custer County

Our profile page for Paragon, Custer County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,369 miles [2,203.2 km] to the Northwest

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Gallia County

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

Wood County

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Paragon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8763, Longitude: -88.3745     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Paragon 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 Paragon 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 314.499 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.015 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 311.245 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 Paragon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Paragon.


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