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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Huntsville [Map], which is the Seat of Madison County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 168 miles [270.4 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Rainbow to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 607 miles [976.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,490 miles [10,444.6 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 7,203 miles [11,592.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,079 miles [8,173.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rainbow ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Rainbow.

While the name Rainbow is unique within Alabama, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Alaska

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

California

Placer County

Our profile page for Rainbow, Placer County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,876 miles [3,019.1 km] to the West Northwest

San Diego County

Our profile page for Rainbow, San Diego County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,735 miles [2,792.2 km] to the West

Connecticut

Hartford County

Our profile page for Rainbow, Hartford County   [Map]
Distance: About 905 miles [1,456.5 km] to the Northeast

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Indiana

Marion County

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

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Montana

Cascade County

Our profile page for Rainbow, Cascade County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,537 miles [2,473.6 km] to the Northwest

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New York

Franklin County

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

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Ohio

Washington County

Our profile page for Rainbow, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 437 miles [703.3 km] to the Northeast

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Oregon

Lane County

Our profile page for Rainbow, Lane County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,983 miles [3,191.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Sevier County

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

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Texas

Somervell County

Our profile page for Rainbow, Somervell County   [Map]
Distance: About 654 miles [1,052.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Uintah County

Our profile page for Rainbow, Uintah County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,278 miles [2,056.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Wisconsin

Oneida County

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

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

The official website for Madison County: www.co.madison.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 'point-to-point' distance starting from Rainbow. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rainbow) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rainbow. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7526, Longitude: -86.7364     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rainbow 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 Rainbow 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 313.706 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.492 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.999 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 Rainbow, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rainbow.



 
 
 

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