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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Sugar to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Sugar 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 Sugar once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Sugar to:

  • Florence [Map], which is the Seat of Lauderdale County, lies 27 miles [43.5 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sugar to Florence, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 190 miles [305.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 622 miles [1,001 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,498 miles [10,457.5 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 7,213 miles [11,608.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,089 miles [8,190 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Sugar ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Sugar.

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


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

California

Orange County

Our profile page for Sugar, Orange County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,749 miles [2,814.7 km] to the West

Colorado

Prowers County

Our profile page for Sugar, Prowers County   [Map]
Distance: About 882 miles [1,419.4 km] to the West Northwest

Kansas

Miami County

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

Utah

Salt Lake County

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sugar. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9981, Longitude: -87.2183     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sugar 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 Sugar 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 314.013 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.881 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.144 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sugar.



 
 
 

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