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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Columbiana [Map], which is the Seat of Shelby County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Watkins to Columbiana, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 72 miles [115.9 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 most of three days and walking would take 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 660 miles [1,062.2 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 6,555 miles [10,549.2 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 7,263 miles [11,688.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,140 miles [8,272 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Watkins ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Watkins.

While the name Watkins is unique within Alabama, we know of another 26 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Boone County

Our profile page for Watkins, Boone County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 409 miles [658.2 km] to the West Northwest

White County

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

Colorado

Adams County

Our profile page for Watkins, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,085 miles [1,746.1 km] to the West Northwest

Arapahoe County

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

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Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Watkins, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 451 miles [725.8 km] to the Southeast

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Illinois

De Witt County

Our profile page for Watkins, De Witt County   [Map]
Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the North Northwest

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Iowa

Benton County

Our profile page for Watkins, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 657 miles [1,057.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Wabaunsee County

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

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Maryland

Montgomery County

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

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Michigan

Jackson County

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

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Minnesota

Meeker County

Our profile page for Watkins, Meeker County   [Map]
Distance: About 923 miles [1,485.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Dade County

Our profile page for Watkins, Dade County
This community is historic.
Although located in Dade County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Miller County

Our profile page for Watkins, Miller County   [Map]
Distance: About 459 miles [738.7 km] to the Northwest

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Montana

Madison County

Our profile page for Watkins, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,562 miles [2,513.8 km] to the Northwest

McCone County

Our profile page for Watkins, McCone County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,386 miles [2,230.6 km] to the Northwest

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North Carolina

Vance County

Our profile page for Watkins, Vance County   [Map]
Distance: About 506 miles [814.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Union County

Our profile page for Watkins, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 511 miles [822.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Oklahoma

Tulsa County

Our profile page for Watkins, Tulsa County   [Map]
Distance: About 559 miles [899.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Cambria County

Our profile page for Watkins, Cambria County   [Map]
Distance: About 666 miles [1,071.8 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Davidson County

Our profile page for Watkins, Davidson County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 193 miles [310.6 km] to the North

DeKalb County

Our profile page for Watkins, DeKalb County   [Map]
Distance: About 184 miles [296.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Texas

Pecos County

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

Terrell County

Our profile page for Watkins, Terrell County   [Map]
Distance: About 924 miles [1,487 km] to the West

Van Zandt County

Our profile page for Watkins, Van Zandt County   [Map]
Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the West

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Virginia

Halifax County

Our profile page for Watkins, Halifax County   [Map]
Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the East Northeast

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West Virginia

Tyler County

Our profile page for Watkins, Tyler County   [Map]
Distance: About 539 miles [867.4 km] to the Northeast

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

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watkins. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3365, Longitude: -86.6942     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watkins 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 Watkins 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 313.60 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.174 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.292 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 Watkins, 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 Watkins.



 
 
 

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