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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the East.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 88 miles [141.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Thomas to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three 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 6,553 miles [10,546 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 7,262 miles [11,687.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,138 miles [8,268.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thomas ...

We have found 37 communities that share the name Thomas.

While the name Thomas is unique within Alabama, we know of another 37 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Prairie County

Our profile page for Thomas, Prairie County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 279 miles [449 km] to the West Northwest

Georgia

Burke County

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

Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Thomas, Bingham County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,531 miles [2,463.9 km] to the Northwest

Illinois

Bureau County

Our profile page for Thomas, Bureau County   [Map]
Distance: About 574 miles [923.8 km] to the North Northwest

Vermilion County

Our profile page for Thomas, Vermilion County   [Map]
Distance: About 469 miles [754.8 km] to the North

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Indiana

Davies's County

Our profile page for Thomas, Davies's County   [Map]
Distance: About 351 miles [564.9 km] to the North

Warren County

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

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Kansas

Barton County

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

Ellsworth County

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

Marshall County

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

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Kentucky

Boyd County

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

Estill County

Our profile page for Thomas, Estill County   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the North Northeast

Floyd County

Our profile page for Thomas, Floyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 373 miles [600.3 km] to the Northeast

Pike County

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

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Louisiana

Bienville Parish

Our profile page for Thomas, Bienville Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 380 miles [611.6 km] to the West

Rapides Parish

Our profile page for Thomas, Rapides Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 351 miles [564.9 km] to the West Southwest

Washington Parish

Our profile page for Thomas, Washington Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 256 miles [412 km] to the Southwest

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Maryland

Dorchester County

Our profile page for Thomas, Dorchester County   [Map]
Distance: About 684 miles [1,100.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Oakland County

Our profile page for Thomas, Oakland County   [Map]
Distance: About 673 miles [1,083.1 km] to the North Northeast

Tuscola County

Our profile page for Thomas, Tuscola County   [Map]
Distance: About 724 miles [1,165.2 km] to the North Northeast

Van Buren County

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

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Missouri

Harrison County

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

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New Hampshire

Cheshire County

Our profile page for Thomas, Cheshire County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,023 miles [1,646.4 km] to the Northeast

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New Mexico

Union County

Our profile page for Thomas, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 948 miles [1,525.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Oklahoma

Custer County

Our profile page for Thomas, Custer County   [Map]
Distance: About 692 miles [1,113.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Washington County

Our profile page for Thomas, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 594 miles [956 km] to the Northeast

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Quebec

Our profile page for Thomas   [Map]
Distance: About 1,186 miles [1,908.7 km] to the Northeast

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South Dakota

Hamlin County

Our profile page for Thomas, Hamlin County   [Map]
Distance: About 951 miles [1,530.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Tennessee

Putnam County

Our profile page for Thomas, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 189 miles [304.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Texas

Panola County

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

Rockwall County

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

Upshur County

Our profile page for Thomas, Upshur County   [Map]
Distance: About 476 miles [766 km] to the West

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Thomas, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,461 miles [2,351.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Buchanan County

Our profile page for Thomas, Buchanan County   [Map]
Distance: About 372 miles [598.7 km] to the Northeast

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Thomas, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,065 miles [3,323.3 km] to the Northwest

Walla Walla County

Our profile page for Thomas, Walla Walla County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,854 miles [2,983.7 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Tucker County

Our profile page for Thomas, Tucker County   [Map]
Distance: About 563 miles [906.1 km] to the Northeast

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thomas. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5326, Longitude: -86.8569     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thomas 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 Thomas 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 313.71 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.328 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.316 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 Thomas, 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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