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Saint Elmo, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Mobile [Map], which is the Seat of Mobile County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Saint Elmo to Mobile, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of 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 172 miles [276.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 859 miles [1,382.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,757 miles [10,874.3 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 7,458 miles [12,002.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,337 miles [8,589.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Saint Elmo ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Saint Elmo.

While the name Saint Elmo is unique within Alabama, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

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San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, San Bernardino County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,727 miles [2,779.3 km] to the West Northwest


Chaffee County

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Chaffee County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,170 miles [1,882.9 km] to the Northwest


Fayette County

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 589 miles [947.9 km] to the North


Christian County

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Christian County   [Map]
Distance: About 430 miles [692 km] to the North

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Ascension Parish

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Ascension Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 163 miles [262.3 km] to the West

Saint James Parish

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Saint James Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 151 miles [243 km] to the West Southwest

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Midland County

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Midland County   [Map]
Distance: About 926 miles [1,490.3 km] to the North

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Claiborne County

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Claiborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 182 miles [292.9 km] to the Northwest

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Nye County

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Nye County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,727 miles [2,779.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Ulster County

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Ulster County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,095 miles [1,762.2 km] to the Northeast

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Our profile page for Saint Elmo   [Map]
Distance: About 1,110 miles [1,786.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Hamilton County

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 353 miles [568.1 km] to the North Northeast

Shelby County

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

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Freestone County

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Freestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 478 miles [769.3 km] to the West Northwest

Travis County

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

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Alexandria City

Our profile page for Saint Elmo, Alexandria City   [Map]
Distance: About 856 miles [1,377.6 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saint Elmo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5035, Longitude: -88.2542     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saint Elmo 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 Saint Elmo 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 314.299 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.597 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 311.438 degrees.

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<7>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 Saint Elmo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Saint Elmo.


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