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Jonesboro, Alabama
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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Russellville [Map], which is the Seat of Franklin County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 172 miles [276.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Jonesboro to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 664 miles [1,068.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,541 miles [10,526.7 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 7,257 miles [11,679 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,132 miles [8,259.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Jonesboro ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Jonesboro.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Jonesboro. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 16 communities in the United States - with 18 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Alabama

Communities outside of Alabama

Other Communities Located In Alabama

Baldwin County

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

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 93 miles [149.7 km] to the South Southeast

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Craighead County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Craighead County   [Map]
Distance: About 186 miles [299.3 km] to the West Northwest


Dixie County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Dixie County   [Map]
Distance: About 424 miles [682.4 km] to the Southeast


Clayton County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Clayton County   [Map]
Distance: About 207 miles [333.1 km] to the East Southeast


Union County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 216 miles [347.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Grant County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 425 miles [684 km] to the North Northeast

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Jackson Parish

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Jackson Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 327 miles [526.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Washington County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,275 miles [2,051.9 km] to the Northeast

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Lee County

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

Moore County

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

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Clinton County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 393 miles [632.5 km] to the North Northeast

Fayette County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 416 miles [669.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Malheur County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Malheur County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,723 miles [2,772.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Maury County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Maury County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 73 miles [117.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Coryell County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Coryell County   [Map]
Distance: About 618 miles [994.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Brunswick County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Brunswick County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 573 miles [922.2 km] to the East Northeast

Nelson County

Our profile page for Jonesboro, Nelson County   [Map]
Distance: About 537 miles [864.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Jonesboro ...

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.

Crooked Oak   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Jonesboro   [Map]
Flatwoods   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Good Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Gravel Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Lime Rock   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Littleville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pleasant Ridge   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Reedtown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Sand Lick (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Woodlawn Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jonesboro. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5556, Longitude: -87.7631     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Jonesboro 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 Jonesboro 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 314.324 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.178 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.469 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Jonesboro 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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<8>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 Jonesboro, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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