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Riley, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Monroeville [Map], which is the Seat of Monroe County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Riley to Monroeville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 66 miles [106.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). 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 753 miles [1,211.8 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 6,650 miles [10,702.1 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 7,353 miles [11,833.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,231 miles [8,418.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Riley ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Riley.

While the name Riley is unique within Alabama, we know of another 23 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Ashley County

Our profile page for Riley, Ashley County   [Map]
Distance: About 290 miles [466.7 km] to the West Northwest

Yell County

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

British Columbia

Our profile page for Riley   [Map]
Distance: About 1,919 miles [3,088.3 km] to the Northwest

California

Tehama County

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

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Illinois

McHenry County

Our profile page for Riley, McHenry County   [Map]
Distance: About 727 miles [1,170 km] to the North

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Indiana

Hancock County

Our profile page for Riley, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 562 miles [904.5 km] to the North

Vigo County

Our profile page for Riley, Vigo County   [Map]
Distance: About 529 miles [851.3 km] to the North

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Kansas

Riley County

Our profile page for Riley, Riley County   [Map]
Distance: About 754 miles [1,213.4 km] to the Northwest

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Kentucky

Marion County

Our profile page for Riley, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 418 miles [672.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Maine

Franklin County

Our profile page for Riley, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,267 miles [2,039 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Clinton County

Our profile page for Riley, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 784 miles [1,261.7 km] to the North

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Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Riley, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,122 miles [1,805.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Attala County

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

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New Mexico

Socorro County

Our profile page for Riley, Socorro County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,175 miles [1,891 km] to the West Northwest

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North Carolina

Franklin County

Our profile page for Riley, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 580 miles [933.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Vinton County

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

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Oklahoma

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

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Oregon

Harney County

Our profile page for Riley, Harney County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,933 miles [3,110.9 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Riley, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 390 miles [627.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Tennessee

Claiborne County

Our profile page for Riley, Claiborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 393 miles [632.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Riley, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,517 miles [2,441.4 km] to the West Northwest

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West Virginia

Raleigh County

Our profile page for Riley, Raleigh County   [Map]
Distance: About 539 miles [867.4 km] to the Northeast

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Wisconsin

Dane County

Our profile page for Riley, Dane County   [Map]
Distance: About 791 miles [1,273 km] to the North

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7263, Longitude: -87.1261     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riley 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 Riley 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 313.742 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.117 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.787 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 Riley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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