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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Selma [Map], which is the Seat of Dallas County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Polk to Selma, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 36 miles [57.9 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 717 miles [1,153.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,614 miles [10,644.2 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 7,318 miles [11,777.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,196 miles [8,362.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Polk ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Polk.

While the name Polk is unique within Alabama, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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California

Sacramento County

Our profile page for Polk, Sacramento County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,978 miles [3,183.3 km] to the West Northwest

Illinois

Will County

Our profile page for Polk, Will County   [Map]
Distance: About 625 miles [1,005.8 km] to the North

Iowa

Polk County

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

Kansas

Crawford County

Our profile page for Polk, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 574 miles [923.8 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Polk County

Our profile page for Polk, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 522 miles [840.1 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Polk County

Our profile page for Polk, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 855 miles [1,376 km] to the Northwest

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North Carolina

Harnett County

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

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Ohio

Ashland County

Our profile page for Polk, Ashland County   [Map]
Distance: About 652 miles [1,049.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Oklahoma

Kay County

Our profile page for Polk, Kay County   [Map]
Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Oregon

Polk County

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

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Pennsylvania

Venango County

Our profile page for Polk, Venango County   [Map]
Distance: About 736 miles [1,184.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Tennessee

Obion County

Our profile page for Polk, Obion County   [Map]
Distance: About 306 miles [492.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Texas

Bowie County

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

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West Virginia

Jackson County

Our profile page for Polk, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 548 miles [881.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Wisconsin

Green County

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Polk. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2724, Longitude: -86.8886     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Polk 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 Polk 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 313.644 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.078 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.588 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 Polk.



 
 
 

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