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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Russellville [Map], which is the Seat of Franklin County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 167 miles [268.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Waco to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 661 miles [1,063.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,540 miles [10,525.1 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 7,255 miles [11,675.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,131 miles [8,257.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Waco ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Waco.

While the name Waco is unique within Alabama, we know of another 18 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Cleburne County

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

Craighead County

Our profile page for Waco, Craighead County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 174 miles [280 km] to the West Northwest

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Waco, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 541 miles [870.7 km] to the Southeast

Georgia

Haralson County

Our profile page for Waco, Haralson County   [Map]
Distance: About 150 miles [241.4 km] to the East Southeast

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Indiana

Davies's County

Our profile page for Waco, Davies's County   [Map]
Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the North

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Kansas

Sedgwick County

Our profile page for Waco, Sedgwick County   [Map]
Distance: About 578 miles [930.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Kentucky

Madison County

Our profile page for Waco, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 298 miles [479.6 km] to the Northeast

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Mississippi

Sunflower County

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

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Missouri

Jasper County

Our profile page for Waco, Jasper County   [Map]
Distance: About 432 miles [695.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Montana

Yellowstone County

Our profile page for Waco, Yellowstone County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,319 miles [2,122.7 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

York County

Our profile page for Waco, York County   [Map]
Distance: About 694 miles [1,116.9 km] to the Northwest

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North Carolina

Cleveland County

Our profile page for Waco, Cleveland County   [Map]
Distance: About 357 miles [574.5 km] to the East

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Ohio

Stark County

Our profile page for Waco, Stark County   [Map]
Distance: About 554 miles [891.6 km] to the Northeast

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Quebec

Our profile page for Waco   [Map]
Distance: About 1,603 miles [2,579.8 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Anderson County

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

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Tennessee

Giles County

Our profile page for Waco, Giles County   [Map]
Distance: About 71 miles [114.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Texas

McLennan County

Our profile page for Waco, McLennan County   [Map]
Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Orange County

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

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waco. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4820, Longitude: -87.6539     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waco 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 Waco 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 314.252 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.086 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.439 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 Waco, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Waco.



 
 
 

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