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Vulcan, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Vulcan to Birmingham, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 101 miles [162.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 658 miles [1,058.9 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 6,550 miles [10,541.2 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 7,260 miles [11,683.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,136 miles [8,265.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Vulcan ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Vulcan.

While the name Vulcan is unique within Alabama, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

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Our profile page for Vulcan   [Map]
Distance: About 1,757 miles [2,827.6 km] to the Northwest


Gunnison County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Gunnison County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,161 miles [1,868.4 km] to the West Northwest


Walker County

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


Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 380 miles [611.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Keokuk County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Keokuk County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 609 miles [980.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Dickinson County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Dickinson County   [Map]
Distance: About 835 miles [1,343.8 km] to the North

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Iron County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Iron County   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the Northwest

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Columbiana County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Columbiana County   [Map]
Distance: About 588 miles [946.3 km] to the North Northeast

Lucas County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Lucas County   [Map]
Distance: About 579 miles [931.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Schuylkill County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Schuylkill County   [Map]
Distance: About 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the Northeast

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Marion County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 122 miles [196.3 km] to the Northeast

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Orange County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 593 miles [954.3 km] to the Northeast

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Mingo County

Our profile page for Vulcan, Mingo County   [Map]
Distance: About 380 miles [611.6 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vulcan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6957, Longitude: -86.9736     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vulcan 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 Vulcan 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 313.791 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.444 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.328 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 Vulcan, 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vulcan.


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