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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Sterling once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Sterling to:

  • Centre [Map], which is the Seat of Cherokee County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sterling to Centre, with an average speed<3> 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 138 miles [222.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 568 miles [914.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 33 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,463 miles [10,401.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,171 miles [11,540.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,047 miles [8,122.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Sterling ...

We have found 41 communities that share the name Sterling.

While the name Sterling is unique within Alabama, we know of another 41 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Alaska

Our profile page for Sterling   [Map]
Distance: About 3,363 miles [5,412.2 km] to the Northwest

Arizona

Yavapai County

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

Arkansas

Chicot County

Our profile page for Sterling, Chicot County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 336 miles [540.7 km] to the West Southwest

Colorado

Logan County

Our profile page for Sterling, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,062 miles [1,709.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Connecticut

Windham County

Our profile page for Sterling, Windham County   [Map]
Distance: About 903 miles [1,453.2 km] to the Northeast

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Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Sterling, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 470 miles [756.4 km] to the South Southeast

Miami-Dade County

Our profile page for Sterling, Miami-Dade County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Miami-Dade County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Georgia

Glynn County

Our profile page for Sterling, Glynn County   [Map]
Distance: About 307 miles [494.1 km] to the Southeast

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Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Sterling, Bingham County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,580 miles [2,542.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Whiteside County

Our profile page for Sterling, Whiteside County   [Map]
Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Indiana

Fountain County

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

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Iowa

Jackson County

Our profile page for Sterling, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 598 miles [962.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Logan County

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

Rice County

Our profile page for Sterling, Rice County   [Map]
Distance: About 757 miles [1,218.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Louisiana

Saint Mary Parish

Our profile page for Sterling, Saint Mary Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 464 miles [746.7 km] to the Southwest

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Massachusetts

Worcester County

Our profile page for Sterling, Worcester County   [Map]
Distance: About 933 miles [1,501.5 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Arenac County

Our profile page for Sterling, Arenac County   [Map]
Distance: About 680 miles [1,094.4 km] to the North

Macomb County

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

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Mississippi

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Sterling, Lauderdale County   [Map]
Distance: About 231 miles [371.8 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Howell County

Our profile page for Sterling, Howell County   [Map]
Distance: About 412 miles [663 km] to the West Northwest

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Montana

Madison County

Our profile page for Sterling, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,584 miles [2,549.2 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Johnson County

Our profile page for Sterling, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 734 miles [1,181.3 km] to the Northwest

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New York

Cayuga County

Our profile page for Sterling, Cayuga County   [Map]
Distance: About 786 miles [1,264.9 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Sterling, Mecklenburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 269 miles [432.9 km] to the East Northeast

Robeson County

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

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North Dakota

Burleigh County

Our profile page for Sterling, Burleigh County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,160 miles [1,866.8 km] to the Northwest

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Sterling   [Map]
Distance: About 1,569 miles [2,525.1 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Meigs County

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

Wayne County

Our profile page for Sterling, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 505 miles [812.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Oklahoma

Comanche County

Our profile page for Sterling, Comanche County   [Map]
Distance: About 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the West

Woods County

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

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Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Our profile page for Sterling, Clearfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 600 miles [965.6 km] to the Northeast

Wayne County

Our profile page for Sterling, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 737 miles [1,186.1 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Claiborne County

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

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Texas

Robertson County

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

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Utah

Sanpete County

Our profile page for Sterling, Sanpete County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,483 miles [2,386.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Loudoun County

Our profile page for Sterling, Loudoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 555 miles [893.2 km] to the Northeast

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Washington

Skagit County

Our profile page for Sterling, Skagit County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,117 miles [3,407 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Boone County

Our profile page for Sterling, Boone County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 342 miles [550.4 km] to the Northeast

Wetzel County

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

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Wisconsin

Clark County

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sterling, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Sterling. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sterling) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sterling. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2431, Longitude: -85.5061     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sterling have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Sterling to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 312.938 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.536 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.613 degrees.

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<8>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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