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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Decatur [Map], which is the Seat of Morgan County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Penn to Decatur, 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 146 miles [235 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 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 6,523 miles [10,497.8 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 7,236 miles [11,645.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,111 miles [8,225.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Penn ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Penn.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Penn. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 10 communities in the United States and Canada - with 10 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Florida

Putnam County

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

Michigan

Cass County

Our profile page for Penn, Cass County   [Map]
Distance: About 527 miles [848.1 km] to the North

Mississippi

Lowndes County

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

Nebraska

Garden County

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

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North Dakota

Ramsey County

Our profile page for Penn, Ramsey County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,139 miles [1,833 km] to the North Northwest

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Oregon

Lane County

Our profile page for Penn, Lane County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,042 miles [3,286.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Lancaster County

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

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Penn, Westmoreland County   [Map]
Distance: About 580 miles [933.4 km] to the Northeast

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Penn   [Map]
Distance: About 1,668 miles [2,684.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Texas

Hopkins County

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

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

The official website for Morgan County: www.co.morgan.al.us/

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 starting from Penn. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Penn) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Penn. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3562, Longitude: -87.0833     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Penn 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 Penn 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 313.896 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.657 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.23 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 Penn.



 
 
 

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