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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Dodsonville once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Dodsonville to:

  • Scottsboro [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 154 miles [247.8 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Dodsonville to Montgomery, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 584 miles [939.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,473 miles [10,417.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,184 miles [11,561.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,060 miles [8,143.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Dodsonville ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Dodsonville.

While the name Dodsonville is unique within Alabama, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alabama

Ohio

Highland County

Our profile page for Dodsonville, Highland County   [Map]
Distance: About 343 miles [552 km] to the North Northeast

Texas

Collingsworth County

Our profile page for Dodsonville, Collingsworth County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Collingsworth County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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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 Dodsonville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Dodsonville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Dodsonville) 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 Dodsonville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Dodsonville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dodsonville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5793, Longitude: -86.1208     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dodsonville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Dodsonville to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 313.324 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.027 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.785 degrees.

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<8>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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dodsonville.