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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Montgomery [Map], which is the Seat of Montgomery County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Ada to Montgomery, 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 18 miles [29 km] to the North (N). The buggy would take five to six hours and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 699 miles [1,124.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,596 miles [10,615.2 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 7,298 miles [11,745 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,176 miles [8,330 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ada ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Ada.

While the name Ada is unique within Alabama, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States.

In addition to the above occurrences of Ada, we know of 7 communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Communities outside of Alabama

Communities located internationally

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Conway County

Our profile page for Ada, Conway County   [Map]
Distance: About 432 miles [695.2 km] to the West Northwest


Dooly County

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


Ottawa County

Our profile page for Ada, Ottawa County   [Map]
Distance: About 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the Northwest


Bienville Parish

Our profile page for Ada, Bienville Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 401 miles [645.3 km] to the West

Grant Parish

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

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Kent County

Our profile page for Ada, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 750 miles [1,207 km] to the North

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Norman County

Our profile page for Ada, Norman County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,179 miles [1,897.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Hardin County

Our profile page for Ada, Hardin County   [Map]
Distance: About 613 miles [986.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Pontotoc County

Our profile page for Ada, Pontotoc County   [Map]
Distance: About 626 miles [1,007.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Lane County

Our profile page for Ada, Lane County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,187 miles [3,519.6 km] to the West Northwest

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South Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for Ada, Union County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 322 miles [518.2 km] to the East Northeast

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South Dakota

Jerauld County

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

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for Ada, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 554 miles [891.6 km] to the West

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Fauquier County

Our profile page for Ada, Fauquier County   [Map]
Distance: About 660 miles [1,062.2 km] to the Northeast

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West Virginia

Mercer County

Our profile page for Ada, Mercer County   [Map]
Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the Northeast

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Sheboygan County

Our profile page for Ada, Sheboygan County   [Map]
Distance: About 817 miles [1,314.8 km] to the North

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Communities Located Internationally

Just a reminder: Our measurements are based on the Great Circle Route. See footnote <3>

Bosnia and Herzegovina   [Map]

Distance: About 5,318 miles [8,558.5 km] to the Northeast

Spain   [Map]

Distance: About 4,210 miles [6,775.3 km] to the Northeast

Ghana   [Map]

Distance: About 5,587 miles [8,991.4 km] to the East

Croatia   [Map]

Distance: About 5,316 miles [8,555.3 km] to the Northeast

India   [Map]

Distance: About 8,714 miles [14,023.8 km] to the North Northeast

Japan   [Map]

Distance: About 7,771 miles [12,506.2 km] to the North Northwest

Serbia   [Map]

Distance: About 5,360 miles [8,626.1 km] to the Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ada ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Clearview   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest of Ada   [Map]
Dublin   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Friendship   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Grady   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hobbie Farm   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Meadville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Pine Needles   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Red Level   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Robinson Crossroads   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rolling Lakes   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sellers   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Zion   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Ada. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Oscar Gamble
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Ramer (Alabama) on Tueday December 20, 1949 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at an age of 68.

Ramer [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast of Ada

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble<9>
Kevin Turner
  Professional football. He was born in Prattville (Alabama) on Thursday June 12, 1969 and died in Vestavia Hills (Alabama) on Thursday March 24, 2016 at an age of 46. He was buried at Prattville Memorial Gardens (Autauga County, Alabama) [Map].

Prattville [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Ada

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kevin Turner
Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler
  Daughter-in-law of John Tyler - after his wife Letitia died, Priscilla served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency. She was born in New York (New York) on Friday June 14, 1816 and died in Montgomery (Alabama) on Sunday December 29, 1889 at an age of 73. She was buried at Oakwood Cemetery (Montgomery County, Alabama) [Map].

Montgomery [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Ada

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ada. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ada

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ada. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1054, Longitude: -86.2764     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ada 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 Ada 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 angle) to Jerusalem is 313.27 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.623 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.385 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 (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Ada could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. 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 - we're working to straighten it all out.

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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 Ada, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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