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Bellefontaine, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Mobile [Map], which is the Seat of Mobile County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Bellefontaine to Mobile, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day 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 168 miles [270.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 854 miles [1,374.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,752 miles [10,866.3 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 7,452 miles [11,992.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,331 miles [8,579.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bellefontaine ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Bellefontaine.

While the name Bellefontaine is unique within Alabama, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama


Webster County

Our profile page for Bellefontaine, Webster County   [Map]
Distance: About 229 miles [368.5 km] to the North Northwest


Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Bellefontaine, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 580 miles [933.4 km] to the North Northwest

Washington County

Our profile page for Bellefontaine, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 540 miles [869 km] to the North Northwest


Logan County

Our profile page for Bellefontaine, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 724 miles [1,165.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bellefontaine. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4879, Longitude: -88.1123     [Map].

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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 Bellefontaine 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 314.214 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.496 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 311.387 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bellefontaine.