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Gainesville, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Livingston [Map], which is the Seat of Sumter County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Gainesville to Livingston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 114 miles [183.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 750 miles [1,207 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 43 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,642 miles [10,689.3 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 7,352 miles [11,831.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,228 miles [8,413.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gainesville ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Gainesville.

While the name Gainesville is unique within Alabama, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Greene County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the North Northwest


Alachua County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Alachua County   [Map]
Distance: About 407 miles [655 km] to the East Southeast


Hall County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Hall County   [Map]
Distance: About 269 miles [432.9 km] to the East Northeast


Allen County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 300 miles [482.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Hancock County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Hancock County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 191 miles [307.4 km] to the South Southwest

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Ozark County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Ozark County   [Map]
Distance: About 356 miles [572.9 km] to the Northwest

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Wyoming County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Wyoming County   [Map]
Distance: About 870 miles [1,400.1 km] to the Northeast

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Tipton County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Tipton County   [Map]
Distance: About 197 miles [317 km] to the North Northwest

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Cooke County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Cooke County   [Map]
Distance: About 522 miles [840.1 km] to the West

Harrison County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 357 miles [574.5 km] to the West

Llano County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Llano County   [Map]
Distance: About 625 miles [1,005.8 km] to the West

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Prince William County

Our profile page for Gainesville, Prince William County   [Map]
Distance: About 719 miles [1,157.1 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Gainesville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gainesville) 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 Gainesville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gainesville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gainesville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8149, Longitude: -88.1608     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gainesville 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 Gainesville 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 314.447 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.083 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.985 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 Gainesville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gainesville.