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Zana, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Zana to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Zana to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Zana once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Zana to:

  • Dadeville [Map], which is the Seat of Tallapoosa County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Zana to Dadeville, with an average speed<3> 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 56 miles [90.1 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 631 miles [1,015.5 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,529 miles [10,507.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,233 miles [11,640.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,111 miles [8,225.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Zana ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Zana.

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

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Martin County

Our profile page for Zana, Martin County   [Map]
Distance: About 509 miles [819.2 km] to the Southeast


Ben Hill County

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


San Augustine County

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Zana, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Zana. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Zana) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Zana. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0282, Longitude: -85.7211     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Zana have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Zana to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 313.002 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.441 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.974 degrees.

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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 Zana.


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