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Sky Ranch, Alabama
(Jefferson County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Sky Ranch to Birmingham, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 77 miles [123.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 662 miles [1,065.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving 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 6,557 miles [10,552.5 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 7,265 miles [11,691.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,141 miles [8,273.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sky Ranch ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Sky Ranch.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Sky Ranch. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 2 communities in the United States - with 3 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

New York

Saratoga County

Our profile page for Sky Ranch, Saratoga County   [Map]
Distance: About 967 miles [1,556.2 km] to the Northeast

South Dakota

Harding County

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sky Ranch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3904, Longitude: -86.7808     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sky Ranch 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 Sky Ranch 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 313.655 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.246 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.315 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 Sky Ranch.


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