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West Point, Alabama
(Calhoun County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

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

  • Anniston [Map], which is the Seat of Calhoun County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from West Point to Anniston, 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 106 miles [170.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 599 miles [964 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,494 miles [10,451.1 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 7,202 miles [11,590.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,078 miles [8,172.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named West Point ...

We have found 34 communities that share the name West Point.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named West Point. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 32 communities in the United States and Canada - with 31 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama


Other Communities Located In Alabama

Cullman County

Our profile page for West Point, Cullman County   [Map]
Distance: About 71 miles [114.3 km] to the West Northwest

Morgan County

Our profile page for West Point, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 63 miles [101.4 km] to the Northwest


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Benton County

Our profile page for West Point, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 521 miles [838.5 km] to the West Northwest

White County

Our profile page for West Point, White County   [Map]
Distance: About 342 miles [550.4 km] to the West Northwest

California

Calaveras County

Our profile page for West Point, Calaveras County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,950 miles [3,138.2 km] to the West Northwest

Georgia

Bibb County

Our profile page for West Point, Bibb County   [Map]
Distance: About 136 miles [218.9 km] to the East Southeast

Troup County

Our profile page for West Point, Troup County   [Map]
Distance: About 76 miles [122.3 km] to the South Southeast

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Illinois

Hancock County

Our profile page for West Point, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 532 miles [856.2 km] to the North Northwest

Jackson County

Our profile page for West Point, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 351 miles [564.9 km] to the Northwest

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Iowa

Lee County

Our profile page for West Point, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 566 miles [910.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Geary County

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

Rush County

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

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Kentucky

Hardin County

Our profile page for West Point, Hardin County   [Map]
Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the North

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Louisiana

Plaquemines Parish

Our profile page for West Point, Plaquemines Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 362 miles [582.6 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Sagadahoc County

Our profile page for West Point, Sagadahoc County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,093 miles [1,759 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Delta County

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

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Minnesota

Isanti County

Our profile page for West Point, Isanti County   [Map]
Distance: About 902 miles [1,451.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Clay County

Our profile page for West Point, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 164 miles [263.9 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Cuming County

Our profile page for West Point, Cuming County   [Map]
Distance: About 809 miles [1,302 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Clark County

Our profile page for West Point, Clark County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,631 miles [2,624.8 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Orange County

Our profile page for West Point, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 830 miles [1,335.8 km] to the Northeast

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for West Point   [Map]
Distance: About 1,705 miles [2,743.9 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Columbiana County

Our profile page for West Point, Columbiana County   [Map]
Distance: About 550 miles [885.1 km] to the North Northeast

Morrow County

Our profile page for West Point, Morrow County   [Map]
Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Oklahoma

Payne County

Our profile page for West Point, Payne County   [Map]
Distance: About 644 miles [1,036.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Ontario

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

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Pennsylvania

Cambria County

Our profile page for West Point, Cambria County   [Map]
Distance: About 591 miles [951.1 km] to the Northeast

Montgomery County

Our profile page for West Point, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 726 miles [1,168.4 km] to the Northeast

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Prince Edward Island

Our profile page for West Point   [Map]
Distance: About 1,424 miles [2,291.7 km] to the Northeast

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South Dakota

Minnehaha County

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

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Texas

Fayette County

Our profile page for West Point, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 710 miles [1,142.6 km] to the West Southwest

Lynn County

Our profile page for West Point, Lynn County   [Map]
Distance: About 935 miles [1,504.7 km] to the West

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for West Point, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,518 miles [2,443 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

King William County

Our profile page for West Point, King William County   [Map]
Distance: About 565 miles [909.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.org/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Point. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8465, Longitude: -85.8097     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Point 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 West Point 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 313.10 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.667 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.827 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 West Point, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Point.



 
 
 

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