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Sigma, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Dothan [Map], which is the Seat of Houston County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sigma to Dothan, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 96 miles [154.5 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 698 miles [1,123.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,589 miles [10,604 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 7,283 miles [11,720.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,165 miles [8,312.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sigma ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Sigma.

While the name Sigma is unique within Alabama, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Kalkaska County

Our profile page for Sigma, Kalkaska County   [Map]
Distance: About 924 miles [1,487 km] to the North

North Carolina

Iredell County

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


Lee County

Our profile page for Sigma, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 404 miles [650.2 km] to the North Northeast

Virginia Beach City

Our profile page for Sigma, Virginia Beach City   [Map]
Distance: About 647 miles [1,041.2 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sigma. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2821, Longitude: -85.1972     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sigma 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 Sigma 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 312.585 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 307.717 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.148 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 Sigma.


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