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Flanders, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Flanders to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Flanders to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Fort Payne [Map], which is the Seat of DeKalb County, lies 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Flanders to Fort Payne, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 130 miles [209.2 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 588 miles [946.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,481 miles [10,430.2 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 7,190 miles [11,571.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,066 miles [8,152.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Flanders ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Flanders.

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

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Litchfield County

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Distance: About 852 miles [1,371.2 km] to the Northeast

New Haven County

Our profile page for Flanders, New Haven County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 874 miles [1,406.6 km] to the Northeast

New London County

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Distance: About 893 miles [1,437.1 km] to the Northeast


Emanuel County

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

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Lafayette Parish

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Distance: About 456 miles [733.9 km] to the Southwest

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Alpena County

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Distance: About 758 miles [1,219.9 km] to the North

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Morris County

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Distance: About 764 miles [1,229.5 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Suffolk County

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Distance: About 860 miles [1,384 km] to the Northeast

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Distance: About 1,051 miles [1,691.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Distance: About 1,080 miles [1,738.1 km] to the Northeast

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Val Verde County

Our profile page for Flanders, Val Verde County
This community is historic.
Although located in Val Verde 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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Flanders. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Flanders) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Flanders. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2073, Longitude: -85.9027     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Flanders 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 Flanders 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 313.174 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.803 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.782 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 Flanders, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Flanders.