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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Centre [Map], which is the Seat of Cherokee County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Taft to Centre, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours 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 142 miles [228.5 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 570 miles [917.3 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<3> 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).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,172 miles [11,542.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,048 miles [8,124 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Taft ...

We have found 22 communities that share the name Taft.

While the name Taft is unique within Alabama, we know of another 22 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Taft   [Map]
Distance: About 2,005 miles [3,226.7 km] to the Northwest

California

Kern County

Our profile page for Taft, Kern County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,911 miles [3,075.5 km] to the West Northwest

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Taft, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 481 miles [774.1 km] to the South Southeast

Orange County

Our profile page for Taft, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 479 miles [770.9 km] to the South Southeast

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Illinois

Cook County

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

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Kansas

Scott County

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

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Kentucky

Owsley County

Our profile page for Taft, Owsley County   [Map]
Distance: About 235 miles [378.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Louisiana

Saint Charles Parish

Our profile page for Taft, Saint Charles Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 411 miles [661.4 km] to the Southwest

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Michigan

Iosco County

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

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Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Taft, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 940 miles [1,512.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Butler County

Our profile page for Taft, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 318 miles [511.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Montana

Mineral County

Our profile page for Taft, Mineral County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,790 miles [2,880.7 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

White Pine County

Our profile page for Taft, White Pine County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,624 miles [2,613.6 km] to the West Northwest

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New Mexico

DeBaca County

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

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North Dakota

Traill County

Our profile page for Taft, Traill County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,082 miles [1,741.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Ohio

Hamilton County

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

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Oklahoma

Muskogee County

Our profile page for Taft, Muskogee County   [Map]
Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Oregon

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Taft, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,145 miles [3,452 km] to the West Northwest

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South Carolina

Williamsburg County

Our profile page for Taft, Williamsburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 339 miles [545.6 km] to the East

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Tennessee

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Taft, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 77 miles [123.9 km] to the Northwest

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Texas

San Patricio County

Our profile page for Taft, San Patricio County   [Map]
Distance: About 821 miles [1,321.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Taft, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 563 miles [906.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Taft. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3423, Longitude: -85.6272     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Taft 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 Taft 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 313.015 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.639 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.639 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 Taft, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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