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High Shoals, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From High Shoals 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 community such as High Shoals to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Wedowee [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from High Shoals to Wedowee, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 81 miles [130.4 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 605 miles [973.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,503 miles [10,465.6 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 7,207 miles [11,598.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,085 miles [8,183.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named High Shoals ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name High Shoals.

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

Communities Outside of Alabama


Oconee County

Our profile page for High Shoals, Oconee County   [Map]
Distance: About 113 miles [181.9 km] to the East Northeast

North Carolina

Gaston County

Our profile page for High Shoals, Gaston County   [Map]
Distance: About 279 miles [449 km] to the East Northeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in High Shoals. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- High Shoals) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in High Shoals. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2340, Longitude: -85.3413     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for High Shoals 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 High Shoals 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 312.79 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.224 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.78 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for High Shoals.