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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Bay Minette [Map], which is the Seat of Baldwin County, lies 42 miles [67.6 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Gulf Shores to Bay Minette, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full 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 167 miles [268.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 848 miles [1,364.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,745 miles [10,855 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 7,443 miles [11,978.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,323 miles [8,566.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Gulf Shores ...

While the name Gulf Shores is unique within Alabama, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alabama

Florida

Sarasota County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Gulf Shores ...

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.

Cedar Grove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West of Gulf Shores   [Map]
Fobbs Ferry   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gulf Highlands   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Josephine   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Magnolia Springs   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Orange Beach   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Oyster Bay   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Swift   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Turkey Branch   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Gulf Shores: www.ci.gulf-shores.al.us/

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 Gulf Shores. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gulf Shores) 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 Gulf Shores. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gulf Shores

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gulf Shores. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2703, Longitude: -87.6986     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gulf Shores 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 Gulf Shores 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 313.95 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.159 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.269 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 Gulf Shores 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gulf Shores.



 
 
 

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