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Bel Air, Alabama
(Houston County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Dothan [Map], which is the Seat of Houston County, lies just to the East.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 91 miles [146.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Bel Air 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 6 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 710 miles [1,142.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,601 miles [10,623.3 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 7,296 miles [11,741.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,178 miles [8,333.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bel Air ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Bel Air.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Bel Air. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 15 communities in the United States - with 17 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Alabama

Communities outside of Alabama

Other Communities Located In Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 178 miles [286.5 km] to the North Northwest

Mobile County

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

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,920 miles [3,089.9 km] to the West Northwest


Seminole County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Seminole County   [Map]
Distance: About 301 miles [484.4 km] to the East Southeast


Glynn County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Glynn County   [Map]
Distance: About 232 miles [373.4 km] to the East

McIntosh County

Our profile page for Bel Air, McIntosh County   [Map]
Distance: About 236 miles [379.8 km] to the East

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Clark County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 472 miles [759.6 km] to the North

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Saint Tammany Parish

Our profile page for Bel Air, Saint Tammany Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 263 miles [423.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Allegany County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 684 miles [1,100.8 km] to the North Northeast

Harford County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Harford County   [Map]
Distance: About 767 miles [1,234.4 km] to the Northeast

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Nash County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Nash County   [Map]
Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the Northeast

Scotland County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Scotland County   [Map]
Distance: About 424 miles [682.4 km] to the Northeast

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Maury County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 317 miles [510.2 km] to the North Northwest

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Harrison County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 531 miles [854.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Weber County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,624 miles [2,613.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Fairfax County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Fairfax County   [Map]
Distance: About 703 miles [1,131.4 km] to the Northeast

Stafford County

Our profile page for Bel Air, Stafford County   [Map]
Distance: About 667 miles [1,073.4 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bel Air. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2316, Longitude: -85.4372     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bel Air 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 Bel Air 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 312.72 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.865 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.247 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 Bel Air.