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Tappan, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Tappan 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 Tappan 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 Tappan once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Tappan to:

  • Oneonta [Map], which is the Seat of Blount County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Tappan to Oneonta, 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 122 miles [196.3 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 619 miles [996.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). 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 6,510 miles [10,476.8 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 7,220 miles [11,619.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,096 miles [8,201.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Tappan ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Tappan.

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


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Michigan

Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Tappan, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 647 miles [1,041.2 km] to the North Northeast

New York

Rockland County

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Distance: About 834 miles [1,342.2 km] to the Northeast

Ohio

Harrison County

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Distance: About 519 miles [835.2 km] to the North Northeast

West Virginia

Taylor County

Our profile page for Tappan, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 504 miles [811.1 km] to the Northeast

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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 Tappan, 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Tappan. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Tappan) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tappan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1182, Longitude: -86.4867     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tappan 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 Tappan 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 313.521 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.191 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.039 degrees.

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