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Russell Hill, Alabama

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

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

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

  • Huntsville [Map], which is the Seat of Madison County, lies just to the South.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 165 miles [265.5 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Russell Hill 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 602 miles [968.8 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 6,486 miles [10,438.2 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 7,199 miles [11,585.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,075 miles [8,167.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Russell Hill ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Russell Hill.

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

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Wyoming County

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

South Carolina

Aiken County

Our profile page for Russell Hill, Aiken County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the East Southeast


Macon County

Our profile page for Russell Hill, Macon County   [Map]
Distance: About 124 miles [199.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Russell Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7326, Longitude: -86.6244     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Russell Hill 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 Russell Hill 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 313.637 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.41 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.957 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 Russell Hill.


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