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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Jasper [Map], which is the Seat of Walker County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 121 miles [194.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Sunlight to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 660 miles [1,062.2 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 6,549 miles [10,539.6 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 7,260 miles [11,683.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,136 miles [8,265.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sunlight ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Sunlight.

While the name Sunlight is unique within Alabama, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Georgia

Stewart County

Our profile page for Sunlight, Stewart County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 188 miles [302.6 km] to the Southeast

Missouri

Washington County

Our profile page for Sunlight, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 336 miles [540.7 km] to the Northwest

Montana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Sunlight, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,542 miles [2,481.6 km] to the Northwest

Virginia

Spotsylvania County

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

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West Virginia

Greenbrier County

Our profile page for Sunlight, Greenbrier County   [Map]
Distance: About 469 miles [754.8 km] to the Northeast

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sunlight. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Walker County: www.walkercounty.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunlight. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9271, Longitude: -87.2103     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunlight 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 Sunlight 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 313.948 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.658 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.375 degrees.

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<7>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 Sunlight, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Sunlight.



 
 
 

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