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Prairie, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Camden [Map], which is the Seat of Wilcox County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Prairie to Camden, 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 69 miles [111 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 746 miles [1,200.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 43 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,643 miles [10,690.9 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 7,348 miles [11,825.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,226 miles [8,410.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Prairie ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Prairie.

While the name Prairie is unique within Alabama, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Colorado

Washington County

Our profile page for Prairie, Washington County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Washington County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Florida

Polk County

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

Idaho

Elmore County

Our profile page for Prairie, Elmore County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,711 miles [2,753.6 km] to the Northwest

Illinois

Randolph County

Our profile page for Prairie, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 438 miles [704.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Indiana

Posey County

Our profile page for Prairie, Posey County   [Map]
Distance: About 399 miles [642.1 km] to the North

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Maine

Piscataquis County

Our profile page for Prairie, Piscataquis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,341 miles [2,158.1 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Ionia County

Our profile page for Prairie, Ionia County   [Map]
Distance: About 759 miles [1,221.5 km] to the North

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Mississippi

Monroe County

Our profile page for Prairie, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 133 miles [214 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Mississippi County

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

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Nebraska

Polk County

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

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Oklahoma

Grant County

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

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Washington

Skagit County

Our profile page for Prairie, Skagit County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,126 miles [3,421.5 km] to the Northwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Prairie. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1540, Longitude: -87.4400     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Prairie 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 Prairie 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 313.963 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.431 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.826 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 Prairie, 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 Prairie.



 
 
 

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