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Sylvan, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Tuscaloosa [Map], which is the Seat of Tuscaloosa County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Sylvan to Tuscaloosa, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 97 miles [156.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 717 miles [1,153.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,610 miles [10,637.8 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 7,320 miles [11,780.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,196 miles [8,362.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sylvan ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Sylvan.

While the name Sylvan is unique within Alabama, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Colorado

Montezuma County

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

Illinois

Cass County

Our profile page for Sylvan, Cass County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 495 miles [796.6 km] to the North Northwest

Kansas

Marshall County

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

Manitoba

Our profile page for Sylvan   [Map]
Distance: About 1,335 miles [2,148.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Michigan

Washtenaw County

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

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Minnesota

Cass County

Our profile page for Sylvan, Cass County   [Map]
Distance: About 981 miles [1,578.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Dent County

Our profile page for Sylvan, Dent County
Although located in Dent County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New York

Oneida County

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

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Ontario

Our profile page for Sylvan   [Map]
Distance: About 766 miles [1,232.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Multnomah County

Our profile page for Sylvan, Multnomah County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,038 miles [3,279.8 km] to the Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

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

Franklin County

Our profile page for Sylvan, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 707 miles [1,137.8 km] to the Northeast

Perry County

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

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Texas

Lamar County

Our profile page for Sylvan, Lamar County   [Map]
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the West

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Washington

Pierce County

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

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Wisconsin

Richland County

Our profile page for Sylvan, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 731 miles [1,176.4 km] to the North

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.al.us/

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







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sylvan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0729, Longitude: -87.6986     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sylvan 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 Sylvan 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 314.187 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.817 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.748 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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<8>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 Sylvan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sylvan.



 
 
 

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