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Thornton, Alabama
(Tallapoosa County)

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Thornton to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Thornton to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Dadeville [Map], which is the Seat of Tallapoosa County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Thornton to Dadeville, 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 38 miles [61.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 648 miles [1,042.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,546 miles [10,534.8 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 7,248 miles [11,664.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,126 miles [8,249.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thornton ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Thornton.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Thornton. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 27 communities in the United States and Canada - with 27 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Thornton, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the West Northwest

California

San Joaquin County

Our profile page for Thornton, San Joaquin County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,029 miles [3,265.4 km] to the West Northwest

Colorado

Adams County

Our profile page for Thornton, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,175 miles [1,891 km] to the West Northwest

Idaho

Kootenai County

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

Madison County

Our profile page for Thornton, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,598 miles [2,571.7 km] to the Northwest

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Illinois

Cook County

Our profile page for Thornton, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 620 miles [997.8 km] to the North

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Indiana

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Thornton, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 431 miles [693.6 km] to the North

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Iowa

Cerro Gordo County

Our profile page for Thornton, Cerro Gordo County   [Map]
Distance: About 819 miles [1,318.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Rawlins County

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

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Kentucky

Letcher County

Our profile page for Thornton, Letcher County   [Map]
Distance: About 351 miles [564.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Massachusetts

Suffolk County

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

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Michigan

Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Thornton, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 729 miles [1,173.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Mississippi

Holmes County

Our profile page for Thornton, Holmes County   [Map]
Distance: About 266 miles [428.1 km] to the West

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Missouri

Clay County

Our profile page for Thornton, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 662 miles [1,065.4 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Polk County

Our profile page for Thornton, Polk County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Polk County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Thornton, Grafton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,085 miles [1,746.1 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Thornton, Chautauqua County   [Map]
Distance: About 751 miles [1,208.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Ohio

Ross County

Our profile page for Thornton, Ross County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 481 miles [774.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Ontario

Our profile page for Thornton   [Map]
Distance: About 862 miles [1,387.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Delaware County

Our profile page for Thornton, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 754 miles [1,213.4 km] to the Northeast

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Rhode Island

Providence County

Our profile page for Thornton, Providence County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,002 miles [1,612.6 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Knox County

Our profile page for Thornton, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 237 miles [381.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Texas

Limestone County

Our profile page for Thornton, Limestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 639 miles [1,028.4 km] to the West

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Washington

Whitman County

Our profile page for Thornton, Whitman County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,929 miles [3,104.4 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Taylor County

Our profile page for Thornton, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 561 miles [902.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Wisconsin

Shawano County

Our profile page for Thornton, Shawano County   [Map]
Distance: About 849 miles [1,366.3 km] to the North

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Wyoming

Weston County

Our profile page for Thornton, Weston County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,291 miles [2,077.7 km] to the Northwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thornton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7021, Longitude: -85.7480     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thornton 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 Thornton 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 312.999 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.391 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.056 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 Thornton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thornton.



 
 
 

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