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Thomaston, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Linden [Map], which is the Seat of Marengo County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Thomaston to Linden, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 79 miles [127.1 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 749 miles [1,205.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 43 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,645 miles [10,694.1 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 7,352 miles [11,831.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,229 miles [8,415.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thomaston ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Thomaston.

While the name Thomaston is unique within Alabama, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Litchfield County

Our profile page for Thomaston, Litchfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,030 miles [1,657.6 km] to the Northeast


Upson County

Our profile page for Thomaston, Upson County   [Map]
Distance: About 196 miles [315.4 km] to the East Northeast


LaPorte County

Our profile page for Thomaston, LaPorte County   [Map]
Distance: About 630 miles [1,013.9 km] to the North


Knox County

Our profile page for Thomaston, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,285 miles [2,068 km] to the Northeast

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Gogebic County

Our profile page for Thomaston, Gogebic County   [Map]
Distance: About 991 miles [1,594.9 km] to the North

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Nassau County

Our profile page for Thomaston, Nassau County   [Map]
Distance: About 968 miles [1,557.8 km] to the Northeast

Queens County

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

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Schuylkill County

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

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DeWitt County

Our profile page for Thomaston, DeWitt County   [Map]
Distance: About 609 miles [980.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Thomaston. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Thomaston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thomaston. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2683, Longitude: -87.6237     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thomaston 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 Thomaston 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 314.081 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.584 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.876 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thomaston.


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