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River Falls, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From River Falls 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 town such as River Falls to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Andalusia [Map], which is the Seat of Covington County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 70 miles [112.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could drive a straight line from River Falls to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take three full days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 747 miles [1,202.2 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 7,342 miles [11,815.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,222 miles [8,404 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named River Falls ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name River Falls.

While the name River Falls is unique within Alabama, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Maryland

Montgomery County

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

South Carolina

Greenville County

Our profile page for River Falls, Greenville County   [Map]
Distance: About 348 miles [560.1 km] to the Northeast

Wisconsin

Pierce County

Our profile page for River Falls, Pierce County   [Map]
Distance: About 988 miles [1,590 km] to the North Northwest

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for River Falls. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from River Falls

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in River Falls. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3524, Longitude: -86.5411     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for River Falls 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 River Falls 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 313.369 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.633 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.636 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for River Falls.



 
 
 

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