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Rhea, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Rhea once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Rhea to:

  • Gadsden [Map], which is the Seat of Etowah County, lies just to the East.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 115 miles [185.1 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Rhea to Montgomery, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 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 605 miles [973.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,499 miles [10,459.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,208 miles [11,600.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,084 miles [8,181.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Rhea ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Rhea.

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


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Arkansas

Washington County

Our profile page for Rhea, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 488 miles [785.4 km] to the West Northwest

Kentucky

Calloway County

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

Harlan County

Our profile page for Rhea, Harlan County   [Map]
Distance: About 255 miles [410.4 km] to the Northeast

Oklahoma

Dewey County

Our profile page for Rhea, Dewey County   [Map]
Distance: About 752 miles [1,210.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Texas

Parmer County

Our profile page for Rhea, Parmer County   [Map]
Distance: About 959 miles [1,543.4 km] to the West

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Rhea, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Rhea. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rhea) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rhea. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0223, Longitude: -86.1194     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rhea have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Rhea to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 313.295 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.917 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.911 degrees.

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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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