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Welcome to Canaan ...

So far, we have found very little information about Canaan. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Canaan to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Canaan, please Contact Us.


Canaan would have been located within present day Lauderdale County.

The location of Canaan has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

While the community is gone, the present day location for Canaan is 520 feet [158 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: The area where Canaan was located is in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The location where Canaan once stood is in the (256) and (938)<4> area codes.

Communities near Canaan ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Muscle Shoals   [Map]

Lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the Southeast (SE) of Canaan

Located in Colbert County

Russellville   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) of Canaan

Located in Franklin County

Tuscumbia   [Map]

Lies 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) of Canaan

Located in Colbert County

Town Creek   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Canaan

Located in Lawrence County

Cherokee   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) of Canaan

Located in Colbert County

Littleville   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) of Canaan

Located in Colbert County

Killen   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Canaan

Saint Joseph   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Canaan

Located in Lawrence County (TN)

Leighton   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Canaan

Located in Colbert County

Saint Florian   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Canaan

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Canaan.

Communities Also Named Canaan ...

While we believe that this Canaan is located in Lauderdale County, we know of another 2 Alabama communities named Canaan. Those communities are located in the following counties: Lamar and Montgomery County.

Beyond Alabama, there are 31 communities that are also named Canaan - they are located in Arkansas (2), Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia (3), Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, South Carolina (3), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Vermont and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Canaan.

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Canaan. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Canaan. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Canaan.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Canaan:

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The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Canaan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Canaan - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Area code (938) is an overlay for area code (256).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Canaan) 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 Canaan. 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 Canaan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canaan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7937, Longitude: -87.6889     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canaan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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