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Idlewood, Alabama
(Coffee County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Elba [Map], which is the Seat of Coffee County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Idlewood to Elba, 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 74 miles [119.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). 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 719 miles [1,157.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,613 miles [10,642.6 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 7,310 miles [11,764.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,190 miles [8,352.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Idlewood ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Idlewood.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Idlewood. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 17 communities in the United States - with 18 of those located in the United States.

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Communities outside of Alabama

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Bibb County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Bibb County   [Map]
Distance: About 161 miles [259.1 km] to the Northeast

Burke County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Burke County   [Map]
Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the East Northeast

Newton County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Newton County   [Map]
Distance: About 182 miles [292.9 km] to the Northeast


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the North Northwest

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Orleans Parish

Our profile page for Idlewood, Orleans Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 261 miles [420 km] to the West Southwest

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Baltimore City

Our profile page for Idlewood, Baltimore City   [Map]
Distance: About 759 miles [1,221.5 km] to the Northeast

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Bristol County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Bristol County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,085 miles [1,746.1 km] to the Northeast

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Erie County

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

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North Carolina

Scotland County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Scotland County   [Map]
Distance: About 433 miles [696.8 km] to the Northeast

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Hamilton County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 544 miles [875.5 km] to the North

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Allegheny County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Allegheny County   [Map]
Distance: About 704 miles [1,133 km] to the North Northeast

Bucks County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Bucks County   [Map]
Distance: About 860 miles [1,384 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Greenwood County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Greenwood County   [Map]
Distance: About 290 miles [466.7 km] to the Northeast

Sumter County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Sumter County   [Map]
Distance: About 362 miles [582.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Williamson County

Our profile page for Idlewood, Williamson County   [Map]
Distance: About 323 miles [519.8 km] to the North

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Roanoke City

Our profile page for Idlewood, Roanoke City   [Map]
Distance: About 531 miles [854.6 km] to the Northeast

Suffolk City

Our profile page for Idlewood, Suffolk City   [Map]
Distance: About 644 miles [1,036.4 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Idlewood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3327, Longitude: -85.8138     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Idlewood 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 Idlewood 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 312.944 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.139 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.367 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 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 Idlewood.