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Peterson, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Peterson to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Peterson to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Tuscaloosa [Map], which is the Seat of Tuscaloosa County, lies just to the West.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 90 miles [144.8 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Peterson 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 6 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 698 miles [1,123.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,591 miles [10,607.2 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 7,300 miles [11,748.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,177 miles [8,331.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Peterson ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Peterson.

While the name Peterson is unique within Alabama, we know of another 21 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arizona

Maricopa County

Our profile page for Peterson, Maricopa County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,412 miles [2,272.4 km] to the West

British Columbia

Our profile page for Peterson   [Map]
Distance: About 2,078 miles [3,344.2 km] to the Northwest

Florida

Lafayette County

Our profile page for Peterson, Lafayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 328 miles [527.9 km] to the Southeast

Georgia

Montgomery County

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

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Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Peterson, Bingham County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,511 miles [2,431.7 km] to the Northwest

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Indiana

Adams County

Our profile page for Peterson, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 539 miles [867.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Iowa

Clay County

Our profile page for Peterson, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 794 miles [1,277.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Finney County

Our profile page for Peterson, Finney County   [Map]
Distance: About 833 miles [1,340.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Michigan

Alger County

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

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Minnesota

Fillmore County

Our profile page for Peterson, Fillmore County   [Map]
Distance: About 766 miles [1,232.8 km] to the North Northwest

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North Carolina

Mitchell County

Our profile page for Peterson, Mitchell County   [Map]
Distance: About 348 miles [560.1 km] to the Northeast

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North Dakota

Cass County

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

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Ontario

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

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Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

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

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Peterson   [Map]
Distance: About 1,593 miles [2,563.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Texas

Jefferson County

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

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Utah

Morgan County

Our profile page for Peterson, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,439 miles [2,315.8 km] to the West Northwest

Weber County

Our profile page for Peterson, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,453 miles [2,338.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Scott County

Our profile page for Peterson, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 355 miles [571.3 km] to the Northeast

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Washington

Grays Harbor County

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

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West Virginia

Lewis County

Our profile page for Peterson, Lewis County   [Map]
Distance: About 547 miles [880.3 km] to the Northeast

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.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 that stretches from Peterson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Peterson) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Peterson. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Peterson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Peterson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2326, Longitude: -87.4236     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Peterson 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 Peterson 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 314.032 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.659 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.606 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 Peterson, 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Peterson.



 
 
 

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