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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Montgomery [Map], which is the Seat of Montgomery County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Canaan to Montgomery, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). The buggy would take a little over three hours and walking would take four to five hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 695 miles [1,118.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,593 miles [10,610.4 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 7,295 miles [11,740.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,173 miles [8,325.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Canaan ...

We have found 29 communities that share the name Canaan.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Canaan. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 27 communities in the United States and Canada - with 26 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

Lamar County

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

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Canaan, Lauderdale County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the North Northwest


Communities Outside of Alabama

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Arkansas

Lee County

Our profile page for Canaan, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the Northwest

Searcy County

Our profile page for Canaan, Searcy County   [Map]
Distance: About 444 miles [714.5 km] to the Northwest

Connecticut

Litchfield County

Our profile page for Canaan, Litchfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 982 miles [1,580.4 km] to the Northeast

Florida

Seminole County

Our profile page for Canaan, Seminole County   [Map]
Distance: About 383 miles [616.4 km] to the Southeast

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Georgia

Morgan County

Our profile page for Canaan, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 190 miles [305.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Indiana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Canaan, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 463 miles [745.1 km] to the North

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Kansas

Chase County

Our profile page for Canaan, Chase County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Chase County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Maine

Somerset County

Our profile page for Canaan, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,248 miles [2,008.5 km] to the Northeast

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Mississippi

Benton County

Our profile page for Canaan, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 248 miles [399.1 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Gasconade County

Our profile page for Canaan, Gasconade County   [Map]
Distance: About 515 miles [828.8 km] to the North Northwest

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Canaan   [Map]
Distance: About 1,485 miles [2,389.9 km] to the Northeast

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New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Canaan, Grafton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,106 miles [1,779.9 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Columbia County

Our profile page for Canaan, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 995 miles [1,601.3 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Transylvania County

Our profile page for Canaan, Transylvania County   [Map]
Distance: About 278 miles [447.4 km] to the Northeast

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Canaan
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Ohio

Wayne County

Our profile page for Canaan, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 650 miles [1,046.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Ontario

Our profile page for Canaan   [Map]
Distance: About 1,087 miles [1,749.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Columbia County

Our profile page for Canaan, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,154 miles [3,466.5 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Dorchester County

Our profile page for Canaan, Dorchester County   [Map]
Distance: About 353 miles [568.1 km] to the East

Orangeburg County

Our profile page for Canaan, Orangeburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 320 miles [515 km] to the East Northeast

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Canaan, Spartanburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 312 miles [502.1 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Maury County

Our profile page for Canaan, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 238 miles [383 km] to the North

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Canaan, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the North Northwest

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Texas

Grayson County

Our profile page for Canaan, Grayson County   [Map]
Distance: About 592 miles [952.7 km] to the West Northwest

Limestone County

Our profile page for Canaan, Limestone County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Limestone County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Vermont

Essex County

Our profile page for Canaan, Essex County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,185 miles [1,907.1 km] to the Northeast

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West Virginia

Upshur County

Our profile page for Canaan, Upshur County   [Map]
Distance: About 563 miles [906.1 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Canaan ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cross Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North of Canaan   [Map]
English Village   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Hobbie Farm   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Hope Hull   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hunters Point   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hunting Downs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pine Needles   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Red Level   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Robinson Crossroads   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Rolling Hills   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rolling Lakes   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Spring Park   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Spring Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Valley Whispers   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Canaan. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

James Anderson
  Actor. He was born in Wetumpka (Alabama) on Wednesday July 13, 1921 and died in Billings (Montana) on Sunday September 14, 1969 at an age of 48. He was buried at Valhalla Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Wetumpka [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Canaan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Anderson<9>
 
Oscar Gamble
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Ramer (Alabama) on Tueday December 20, 1949 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at an age of 68.

Ramer [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast of Canaan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble
 
Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler
  Daughter-in-law of John Tyler - after his wife Letitia died, Priscilla served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency. She was born in New York (New York) on Friday June 14, 1816 and died in Montgomery (Alabama) on Sunday December 29, 1889 at an age of 73. She was buried at Oakwood Cemetery (Montgomery County, Alabama) [Map].

Montgomery [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Canaan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Canaan. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Montgomery County: www.mc-ala.org/

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



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Canaan. 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.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canaan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2049, Longitude: -86.3036     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canaan 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 Canaan 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 313.293 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.663 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.375 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 (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Canaan could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. 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 - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>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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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Canaan.



 
 
 

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