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West Ridge, Alabama
(Jefferson County)

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From West Ridge 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 West Ridge 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 Ridge to:

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from West Ridge to Birmingham, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 94 miles [151.3 km] to the South (S). 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 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,532 miles [10,512.2 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 7,241 miles [11,653.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,117 miles [8,235 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named West Ridge ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name West Ridge.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named West Ridge. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 8 communities in the United States - with 9 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Mississippi County

Our profile page for West Ridge, Mississippi County   [Map]
Distance: About 251 miles [403.9 km] to the Northwest


Douglas County

Our profile page for West Ridge, Douglas County   [Map]
Distance: About 433 miles [696.8 km] to the North

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Monroe County

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


Erie County

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

Lancaster County

Our profile page for West Ridge, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 711 miles [1,144.2 km] to the Northeast

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Sumter County

Our profile page for West Ridge, Sumter County   [Map]
Distance: About 353 miles [568.1 km] to the East

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Hawkins County

Our profile page for West Ridge, Hawkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 295 miles [474.8 km] to the Northeast

Sullivan County

Our profile page for West Ridge, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 315 miles [506.9 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6945, Longitude: -86.5422     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Ridge 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 Ridge 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 313.531 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.143 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.154 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 West Ridge.


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