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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Shanghai to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Shanghai to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Athens [Map], which is the Seat of Limestone County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 179 miles [288.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Shanghai to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 11 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 620 miles [997.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,499 miles [10,459.1 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 7,214 miles [11,609.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,090 miles [8,191.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shanghai ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Shanghai.

While the name Shanghai is unique within Alabama, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Illinois

Warren County

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

Indiana

Howard County

Our profile page for Shanghai, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 388 miles [624.4 km] to the North

Missouri

Camden County

Our profile page for Shanghai, Camden County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Camden County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Vernon County

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

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North Carolina

Cleveland County

Our profile page for Shanghai, Cleveland County   [Map]
Distance: About 311 miles [500.5 km] to the East

Sampson County

Our profile page for Shanghai, Sampson County   [Map]
Distance: About 503 miles [809.5 km] to the East

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Texas

Wharton County

Our profile page for Shanghai, Wharton County
This community is historic.
Although located in Wharton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Virginia

King and Queen County

Our profile page for Shanghai, King and Queen County   [Map]
Distance: About 604 miles [972 km] to the East Northeast

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West Virginia

Berkeley County

Our profile page for Shanghai, Berkeley County   [Map]
Distance: About 585 miles [941.5 km] to the Northeast

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

The official website for Limestone County: www.co.limestone.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shanghai. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8501, Longitude: -87.0850     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shanghai 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 Shanghai 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 313.924 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.757 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.122 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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<8>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 Shanghai, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shanghai.



 
 
 

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