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Saginaw, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Columbiana [Map], which is the Seat of Shelby County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Saginaw to Columbiana, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 67 miles [107.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). 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 670 miles [1,078.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,565 miles [10,565.3 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 7,273 miles [11,704.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,150 miles [8,288.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Saginaw ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Saginaw.

While the name Saginaw is unique within Alabama, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

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Cochise County

Our profile page for Saginaw, Cochise County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,350 miles [2,172.6 km] to the West


Hot Spring County

Our profile page for Saginaw, Hot Spring County   [Map]
Distance: About 360 miles [579.4 km] to the West Northwest


Coffee County

Our profile page for Saginaw, Coffee County   [Map]
Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the East Southeast


Saginaw County

Our profile page for Saginaw, Saginaw County   [Map]
Distance: About 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the North

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Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Saginaw, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 987 miles [1,588.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Newton County

Our profile page for Saginaw, Newton County   [Map]
Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the Northwest

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Franklin County

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

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Our profile page for Saginaw
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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Lane County

Our profile page for Saginaw, Lane County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,071 miles [3,333 km] to the West Northwest

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York County

Our profile page for Saginaw, York County   [Map]
Distance: About 732 miles [1,178 km] to the Northeast

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Tarrant County

Our profile page for Saginaw, Tarrant County   [Map]
Distance: About 612 miles [984.9 km] to the West

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Grays Harbor County

Our profile page for Saginaw, Grays Harbor County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,128 miles [3,424.7 km] to the Northwest

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Saginaw. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Saginaw) 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 Saginaw. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Saginaw

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saginaw. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2162, Longitude: -86.7919     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saginaw 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 Saginaw 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 313.651 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.217 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.356 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 Saginaw.


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