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Bessie, Alabama
(Chilton County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Clanton [Map], which is the Seat of Chilton County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Bessie to Clanton, 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 52 miles [83.7 km] to the Southeast (SE). 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 684 miles [1,100.8 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 6,580 miles [10,589.5 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 7,287 miles [11,727.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,164 miles [8,310.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bessie ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Bessie.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Bessie. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 8 communities in the United States - with 9 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Alabama

Communities outside of Alabama

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Faulkner County

Our profile page for Bessie, Faulkner County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 358 miles [576.1 km] to the West Northwest

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Bessie, Lawrence County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 312 miles [502.1 km] to the Northwest


Wilkes County

Our profile page for Bessie, Wilkes County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 239 miles [384.6 km] to the East Northeast


Franklin County

Our profile page for Bessie, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 366 miles [589 km] to the North Northwest

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Jackson County

Our profile page for Bessie, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 259 miles [416.8 km] to the Northeast

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Washita County

Our profile page for Bessie, Washita County   [Map]
Distance: About 714 miles [1,149.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Lake County

Our profile page for Bessie, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Gaines County

Our profile page for Bessie, Gaines County
This community is historic.
Although located in Gaines County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bessie. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9443, Longitude: -86.8325     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bessie 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 Bessie 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 313.657 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.186 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.429 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 Bessie, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bessie.