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Loretto, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Cullman [Map], which is the Seat of Cullman County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 122 miles [196.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Loretto to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 641 miles [1,031.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,530 miles [10,509 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 7,241 miles [11,653.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,117 miles [8,235 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Loretto ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Loretto.

While the name Loretto is unique within Alabama, we know of another 14 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Inyo County

Our profile page for Loretto, Inyo County

This community is historic.<7>

Although located in Inyo County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Duval County

Our profile page for Loretto, Duval County   [Map]

Distance: About 410 miles [659.8 km] to the Southeast.


Livingston County

Our profile page for Loretto, Livingston County   [Map]

Distance: About 484 miles [778.9 km] to the North.


Marion County

Our profile page for Loretto, Marion County   [Map]

Distance: About 260 miles [418.4 km] to the North Northeast.


Somerset County

Our profile page for Loretto, Somerset County   [Map]

Distance: About 689 miles [1,108.8 km] to the East Northeast.


Dickinson County

Our profile page for Loretto, Dickinson County   [Map]

Distance: About 809 miles [1,302 km] to the North.


Hennepin County

Our profile page for Loretto, Hennepin County   [Map]

Distance: About 837 miles [1,347 km] to the North Northwest.


Boone County

Our profile page for Loretto, Boone County   [Map]

Distance: About 806 miles [1,297.1 km] to the Northwest.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Loretto   [Map]

Distance: About 1,736 miles [2,793.8 km] to the Northeast.


Belmont County

Our profile page for Loretto, Belmont County

This community is historic.

Although located in Belmont County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Our profile page for Loretto   [Map]

Distance: About 784 miles [1,261.7 km] to the North Northeast.


Cambria County

Our profile page for Loretto, Cambria County   [Map]

Distance: About 635 miles [1,021.9 km] to the Northeast.


Lawrence County

Our profile page for Loretto, Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 75 miles [120.7 km] to the North Northwest.


Essex County

Our profile page for Loretto, Essex County   [Map]

Distance: About 615 miles [989.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Loretto ...

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.

Center Community   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East of Loretto   [Map]

Damascus   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Dodge City   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Good Hope   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Grandview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Misty Harbor   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Sulphur Springs   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Trimble   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Loretto. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Jesse Owens

Olympic Gold Medalist, civil rights activist. He was born in Danville (Alabama) on Friday September 12, 1913 and died in Tucson (Arizona) on Saturday May 31, 1980 at an age of 66. He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Danville [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Loretto

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jesse Owens<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Loretto. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0687, Longitude: -86.9161     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Loretto 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 Loretto 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 313.778 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.481 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.224 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 Loretto, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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