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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Gadsden [Map], which is the Seat of Etowah County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Smiths Chapel to Gadsden, 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 126 miles [202.8 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 597 miles [960.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,489 miles [10,443 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 7,199 miles [11,585.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,075 miles [8,167.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Smiths Chapel ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Smiths Chapel.

While the name Smiths Chapel is unique within Alabama, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Georgia

Pike County

Our profile page for Smiths Chapel, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 121 miles [194.7 km] to the Southeast

Tennessee

Macon County

Our profile page for Smiths Chapel, Macon County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Macon 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 starting in Smiths Chapel. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Smiths Chapel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smiths Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1765, Longitude: -86.0655     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smiths Chapel 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 Smiths Chapel 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 313.27 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.91 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.855 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 Smiths Chapel.



 
 
 

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