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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 44 miles [70.8 km] to the East (E). If you could walk a straight line from Selma to Montgomery, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 716 miles [1,152.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,614 miles [10,644.2 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 7,319 miles [11,778.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,196 miles [8,362.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Selma ...

We have found 30 communities that share the name Selma.

While the name Selma is unique within Alabama, we know of another 30 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Drew County

Our profile page for Selma, Drew County   [Map]
Distance: About 276 miles [444.2 km] to the West Northwest

California

Fresno County

Our profile page for Selma, Fresno County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,866 miles [3,003 km] to the West Northwest

Colorado

Logan County

Our profile page for Selma, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,055 miles [1,697.9 km] to the Northwest

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Selma, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 415 miles [667.9 km] to the Southeast

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Illinois

McLean County

Our profile page for Selma, McLean County
Although located in McLean County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Wabash County

Our profile page for Selma, Wabash County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 416 miles [669.5 km] to the North

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Indiana

Delaware County

Our profile page for Selma, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 545 miles [877.1 km] to the North

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Iowa

Van Buren County

Our profile page for Selma, Van Buren County   [Map]
Distance: About 648 miles [1,042.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Anderson County

Our profile page for Selma, Anderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 602 miles [968.8 km] to the Northwest

Geary County

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

Osborne County

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

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Kentucky

Harrison County

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

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Louisiana

Grant Parish

Our profile page for Selma, Grant Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the West

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Michigan

Marquette County

Our profile page for Selma, Marquette County   [Map]
Distance: About 962 miles [1,548.2 km] to the North

Wexford County

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

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Minnesota

Cottonwood County

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

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Mississippi

Adams County

Our profile page for Selma, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 254 miles [408.8 km] to the West

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Missouri

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Selma, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 437 miles [703.3 km] to the North Northwest

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Selma, Saint Louis County
Although located in Saint Louis County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Montana

Liberty County

Our profile page for Selma, Liberty County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,660 miles [2,671.5 km] to the Northwest

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North Carolina

Johnston County

Our profile page for Selma, Johnston County   [Map]
Distance: About 544 miles [875.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Selma   [Map]
Distance: About 1,536 miles [2,472 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Clark County

Our profile page for Selma, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 541 miles [870.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Josephine County

Our profile page for Selma, Josephine County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,101 miles [3,381.2 km] to the West Northwest

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South Carolina

Dillon County

Our profile page for Selma, Dillon County   [Map]
Distance: About 462 miles [743.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Texas

Bexar County

Our profile page for Selma, Bexar County   [Map]
Distance: About 695 miles [1,118.5 km] to the West Southwest

Montague County

Our profile page for Selma, Montague County   [Map]
Distance: About 632 miles [1,017.1 km] to the West

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Selma, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,484 miles [2,388.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Alleghany County

Our profile page for Selma, Alleghany County   [Map]
Distance: About 550 miles [885.1 km] to the Northeast

Staunton City

Our profile page for Selma, Staunton City   [Map]
Distance: About 598 miles [962.4 km] to the Northeast

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Selma. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4166, Longitude: -87.0335     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Selma 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 Selma 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 313.74 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.21 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.616 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 Selma, 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 Selma.



 
 
 

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