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University Place, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Tuscaloosa [Map], which is the Seat of Tuscaloosa County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 94 miles [151.3 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from University Place 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 6 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 705 miles [1,134.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,597 miles [10,616.8 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 7,307 miles [11,759.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,183 miles [8,341.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named University Place ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name University Place.

While the name University Place is unique within Alabama, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Polk County

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


Calcasieu Parish

Our profile page for University Place, Calcasieu Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 393 miles [632.5 km] to the West Southwest

East Baton Rouge Parish

Our profile page for University Place, East Baton Rouge Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 282 miles [453.8 km] to the Southwest

Tangipahoa Parish

Our profile page for University Place, Tangipahoa Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the Southwest

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Lewis and Clark County

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

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Lancaster County

Our profile page for University Place, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 727 miles [1,170 km] to the Northwest

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Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for University Place, Mecklenburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 413 miles [664.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Weber County

Our profile page for University Place, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,445 miles [2,325.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for University Place, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 488 miles [785.4 km] to the Northeast

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Pierce County

Our profile page for University Place, Pierce County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,060 miles [3,315.2 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 starting in University Place. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- University Place) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in University Place. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1960, Longitude: -87.5408     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for University Place 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 University Place 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 314.10 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.733 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.66 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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