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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Columbiana [Map], which is the Seat of Shelby County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 55 miles [88.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could walk a straight line from Shelby to Montgomery, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 665 miles [1,070.2 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 26 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 6,562 miles [10,560.5 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 7,268 miles [11,696.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,145 miles [8,280.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shelby ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Shelby.

While the name Shelby is unique within Alabama, we know of another 23 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Indiana

Fountain County

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

Lake County

Our profile page for Shelby, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 559 miles [899.6 km] to the North

Iowa

Shelby County

Our profile page for Shelby, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 756 miles [1,216.7 km] to the Northwest

Kentucky

Jefferson County

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

Pike County

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

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Michigan

Allegan County

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

Macomb County

Our profile page for Shelby, Macomb County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 688 miles [1,107.2 km] to the North Northeast

Oceana County

Our profile page for Shelby, Oceana County   [Map]
Distance: About 725 miles [1,166.8 km] to the North

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Mississippi

Bolivar County

Our profile page for Shelby, Bolivar County   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the West Northwest

Claiborne County

Our profile page for Shelby, Claiborne County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 259 miles [416.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Linn County

Our profile page for Shelby, Linn County   [Map]
Distance: About 592 miles [952.7 km] to the Northwest

Oregon County

Our profile page for Shelby, Oregon County   [Map]
Distance: About 365 miles [587.4 km] to the Northwest

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Montana

Toole County

Our profile page for Shelby, Toole County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,681 miles [2,705.3 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Polk County

Our profile page for Shelby, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 815 miles [1,311.6 km] to the Northwest

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New York

Orleans County

Our profile page for Shelby, Orleans County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Orleans 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 Shelby, Cleveland County   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Richland County

Our profile page for Shelby, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 578 miles [930.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Gilliam County

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

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South Dakota

Buffalo County

Our profile page for Shelby, Buffalo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,009 miles [1,623.8 km] to the Northwest

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Texas

Austin County

Our profile page for Shelby, Austin County   [Map]
Distance: About 626 miles [1,007.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Madison County

Our profile page for Shelby, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 586 miles [943.1 km] to the Northeast

Montgomery County

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

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Wisconsin

La Crosse County

Our profile page for Shelby, La Crosse County   [Map]
Distance: About 776 miles [1,248.9 km] to the North Northwest

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About Shelby County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

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 in Shelby. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Shelby) 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 Shelby. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Shelby

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shelby. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1097, Longitude: -86.5836     [Map].

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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 Shelby 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 313.52 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.05 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.296 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 Shelby, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shelby.



 
 
 

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