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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Guntersville [Map], which is the Seat of Marshall County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Preston to Guntersville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 150 miles [241.4 km] to the South (S). 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 588 miles [946.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,477 miles [10,423.7 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 7,188 miles [11,568 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,064 miles [8,149.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Preston ...

We have found 46 communities that share the name Preston.

While the name Preston is unique within Alabama, we know of another 46 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Faulkner County

Our profile page for Preston, Faulkner County   [Map]
Distance: About 356 miles [572.9 km] to the West

California

Sonoma County

Our profile page for Preston, Sonoma County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,047 miles [3,294.3 km] to the West Northwest

Connecticut

New London County

Our profile page for Preston, New London County   [Map]
Distance: About 909 miles [1,462.9 km] to the Northeast

Georgia

Webster County

Our profile page for Preston, Webster County   [Map]
Distance: About 194 miles [312.2 km] to the South Southeast

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Idaho

Franklin County

Our profile page for Preston, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,480 miles [2,381.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Randolph County

Our profile page for Preston, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 321 miles [516.6 km] to the Northwest

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Indiana

Vigo County

Our profile page for Preston, Vigo County   [Map]
Distance: About 350 miles [563.3 km] to the North

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Iowa

Jackson County

Our profile page for Preston, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 567 miles [912.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Finney County

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

Pratt County

Our profile page for Preston, Pratt County   [Map]
Distance: About 724 miles [1,165.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Kentucky

Bath County

Our profile page for Preston, Bath County   [Map]
Distance: About 280 miles [450.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Louisiana

Caddo Parish

Our profile page for Preston, Caddo Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 470 miles [756.4 km] to the West Southwest

De Soto Parish

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

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Manitoba

Our profile page for Preston
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Maryland

Caroline County

Our profile page for Preston, Caroline County   [Map]
Distance: About 637 miles [1,025.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Minnesota

Fillmore County

Our profile page for Preston, Fillmore County   [Map]
Distance: About 706 miles [1,136.2 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Kemper County

Our profile page for Preston, Kemper County   [Map]
Distance: About 190 miles [305.8 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Hickory County

Our profile page for Preston, Hickory County   [Map]
Distance: About 457 miles [735.5 km] to the Northwest

Jasper County

Our profile page for Preston, Jasper County   [Map]
Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Montana

Meagher County

Our profile page for Preston, Meagher County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,555 miles [2,502.5 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Richardson County

Our profile page for Preston, Richardson County   [Map]
Distance: About 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

White Pine County

Our profile page for Preston, White Pine County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,620 miles [2,607.1 km] to the West Northwest

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New Mexico

Curry County

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

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New York

Chenango County

Our profile page for Preston, Chenango County   [Map]
Distance: About 792 miles [1,274.6 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Wake County

Our profile page for Preston, Wake County   [Map]
Distance: About 423 miles [680.8 km] to the East Northeast

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North Dakota

Traill County

Our profile page for Preston, Traill County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,052 miles [1,693 km] to the North Northwest

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Preston
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Ohio

Hamilton County

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

Muskingum County

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

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Oklahoma

Beaver County

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

Okmulgee County

Our profile page for Preston, Okmulgee County   [Map]
Distance: About 560 miles [901.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Preston   [Map]
Distance: About 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Luzerne County

Our profile page for Preston, Luzerne County   [Map]
Distance: About 724 miles [1,165.2 km] to the Northeast

McKean County

Our profile page for Preston, McKean County   [Map]
Distance: About 634 miles [1,020.3 km] to the Northeast

Wayne County

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

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South Dakota

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Preston, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,159 miles [1,865.2 km] to the Northwest

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Tennessee

Hardin County

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

Knox County

Our profile page for Preston, Knox County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 168 miles [270.4 km] to the Northeast

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Texas

Dallas County

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

Grayson County

Our profile page for Preston, Grayson County   [Map]
Distance: About 598 miles [962.4 km] to the West

Wharton County

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

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Virginia

Henry County

Our profile page for Preston, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 377 miles [606.7 km] to the East Northeast

Washington County

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

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Preston, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,043 miles [3,287.9 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Preston County

Our profile page for Preston, Preston County   [Map]
Distance: About 492 miles [791.8 km] to the Northeast

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Wisconsin

Grant County

Our profile page for Preston, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the North Northwest

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Preston. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5259, Longitude: -86.1725     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Preston 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 Preston 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 313.352 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.053 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.818 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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<8>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 Preston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Preston.



 
 
 

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