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Bessemer, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Bessemer to Birmingham, 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 81 miles [130.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 672 miles [1,081.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,565 miles [10,565.3 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 7,274 miles [11,706.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,151 miles [8,289.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bessemer ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Bessemer.

While the name Bessemer is unique within Alabama, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

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Martin County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Martin County   [Map]
Distance: About 580 miles [933.4 km] to the Southeast


Gogebic County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Gogebic County   [Map]
Distance: About 919 miles [1,479 km] to the North

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Guilford County

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Distance: About 450 miles [724.2 km] to the East Northeast


Athens County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Athens County   [Map]
Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Our profile page for Bessemer   [Map]
Distance: About 947 miles [1,524 km] to the North Northeast

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Allegheny County

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Distance: About 623 miles [1,002.6 km] to the Northeast

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 634 miles [1,020.3 km] to the North Northeast

Westmoreland County

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Distance: About 620 miles [997.8 km] to the Northeast

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Botetourt County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Botetourt County   [Map]
Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the Northeast

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Berkeley County

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Distance: About 656 miles [1,055.7 km] to the Northeast

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Natrona County

Our profile page for Bessemer, Natrona County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,241 miles [1,997.2 km] to the Northwest

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Bessemer. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bessemer) 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 Bessemer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bessemer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bessemer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3714, Longitude: -86.9708     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bessemer 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 Bessemer 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 313.768 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.374 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.395 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 Bessemer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bessemer.