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Wadley, Alabama

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

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

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

  • Wedowee [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Wadley to Wedowee, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours 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 67 miles [107.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 620 miles [997.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,518 miles [10,489.7 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 7,222 miles [11,622.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,100 miles [8,207.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wadley ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Wadley.

While the name Wadley is unique within Alabama, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Wadley, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 184 miles [296.1 km] to the East

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Barnwell County

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


Liberty County

Our profile page for Wadley, Liberty County   [Map]
Distance: About 592 miles [952.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Wadley. 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 Wadley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wadley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1239, Longitude: -85.5681     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wadley 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 Wadley 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 312.918 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.356 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.893 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 Wadley.


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