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Foley, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Bay Minette [Map], which is the Seat of Baldwin County, lies 34 miles [54.7 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Foley to Bay Minette, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 157 miles [252.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 840 miles [1,351.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 days and walking would take 48 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,737 miles [10,842.2 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 7,435 miles [11,965.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,315 miles [8,553.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Foley ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Foley.

While the name Foley is unique within Alabama, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Litchfield County

Our profile page for Foley, Litchfield County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,127 miles [1,813.7 km] to the Northeast


Taylor County

Our profile page for Foley, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the East


Henry County

Our profile page for Foley, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 672 miles [1,081.5 km] to the North


Allen Parish

Our profile page for Foley, Allen Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 302 miles [486 km] to the West

Assumption Parish

Our profile page for Foley, Assumption Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 203 miles [326.7 km] to the West

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Our profile page for Foley   [Map]
Distance: About 1,473 miles [2,370.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Benton County

Our profile page for Foley, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,106 miles [1,779.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Foley, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 621 miles [999.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Custer County

Our profile page for Foley, Custer County   [Map]
Distance: About 742 miles [1,194.1 km] to the West Northwest

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

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Tillamook County

Our profile page for Foley, Tillamook County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 2,206 miles [3,550.2 km] to the Northwest

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Somerset County

Our profile page for Foley, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 819 miles [1,318.1 km] to the Northeast

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South Dakota

Codington County

Our profile page for Foley, Codington County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,122 miles [1,805.7 km] to the North Northwest

Union County

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

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West Virginia

Logan County

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

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

The official website for Baldwin County: www.co.baldwin.al.us/

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

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Foley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Foley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Foley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.3999, Longitude: -87.6643     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Foley 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 Foley 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 313.942 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.168 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 311.234 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 Foley, 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 Foley.