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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From West 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 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 to:

  • Wedowee [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 79 miles [127.1 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from West to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 608 miles [978.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,505 miles [10,468.8 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 7,209 miles [11,601.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,087 miles [8,186.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named West ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name West.

While the name West is unique within Alabama, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Arkansas

Conway County

Our profile page for West, Conway County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 448 miles [721 km] to the West Northwest

Kansas

Miami County

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

Maryland

Somerset County

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

Mississippi

Holmes County

Our profile page for West, Holmes County   [Map]
Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the West

Lauderdale County

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

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New Jersey

Essex County

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

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New York

Cattaraugus County

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

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North Carolina

Columbus County

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

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Oregon

Clatsop County

Our profile page for West, Clatsop County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,202 miles [3,543.8 km] to the Northwest

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Tennessee

Davidson County

Our profile page for West, Davidson County   [Map]
Distance: About 224 miles [360.5 km] to the North Northwest

Gibson County

Our profile page for West, Gibson County   [Map]
Distance: About 260 miles [418.4 km] to the Northwest

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Texas

McLennan County

Our profile page for West, McLennan County   [Map]
Distance: About 686 miles [1,104 km] to the West

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West Virginia

Wetzel County

Our profile page for West, Wetzel County   [Map]
Distance: About 515 miles [828.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for West. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from West. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2571, Longitude: -85.4166     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West 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 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 312.836 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.28 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.804 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 West, 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 West.



 
 
 

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