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Phelan, Alabama

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

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

  • Cullman [Map], which is the Seat of Cullman County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 127 miles [204.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Phelan to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 634 miles [1,020.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 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 7,234 miles [11,642 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,110 miles [8,223.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Phelan ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Phelan.

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

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Ashley County

Our profile page for Phelan, Ashley County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 284 miles [457.1 km] to the West

British Columbia

Our profile page for Phelan   [Map]
Distance: About 2,501 miles [4,025 km] to the Northwest


San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Phelan, San Bernardino County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,748 miles [2,813.1 km] to the West


Tipton County

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

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Bastrop County

Our profile page for Phelan, Bastrop County   [Map]
Distance: About 672 miles [1,081.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Phelan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1332, Longitude: -86.8172     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Phelan 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 Phelan 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 313.722 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.425 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.17 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 Phelan, 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 Phelan.


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