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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Dothan [Map], which is the Seat of Houston County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Madrid to Dothan, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours 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 106 miles [170.6 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 5 days and walking would take 6 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 6,609 miles [10,636.2 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 7,303 miles [11,753 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,185 miles [8,344.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Madrid ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Madrid.

While the name Madrid is unique within Alabama, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Las Animas County

Our profile page for Madrid, Las Animas County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,175 miles [1,891 km] to the West Northwest


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Madrid, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the Southeast


Spencer County

Our profile page for Madrid, Spencer County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Spencer County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Boone County

Our profile page for Madrid, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 881 miles [1,417.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Breckinridge County

Our profile page for Madrid, Breckinridge County   [Map]
Distance: About 457 miles [735.5 km] to the North

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Franklin County

Our profile page for Madrid, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,250 miles [2,011.7 km] to the Northeast

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Perkins County

Our profile page for Madrid, Perkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,125 miles [1,810.5 km] to the Northwest

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New Mexico

Santa Fe County

Our profile page for Madrid, Santa Fe County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,233 miles [1,984.3 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Saint Lawrence County

Our profile page for Madrid, Saint Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,097 miles [1,765.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Augusta County

Our profile page for Madrid, Augusta County   [Map]
Distance: About 614 miles [988.1 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Madrid ...

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.

Big Creek   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest of Madrid   [Map]
Cottonwood   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Eleanor (FL)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Five Points   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Graceville (FL)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Jacob City (FL)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Jacobs (FL)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Love Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Melody Heights   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Rambo (FL)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Tabernacle   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Terry Crossroads   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Wiregrass Hills   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [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 Madrid. 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.

Faye Dunaway
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Bascom (Florida) on Tueday January 14, 1941

Bascom [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southeast of Madrid
Dave Monroe Edwards
  Professional football. He was born in Columbia (Alabama) on Thursday December 14, 1939 and died in Laguna Park (Texas) on Tueday December 6, 2016 at an age of 77.

Columbia [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast of Madrid

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dave Monroe Edwards<9>

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Madrid. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Madrid. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Madrid) 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 Madrid. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Madrid

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Madrid. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0354, Longitude: -85.3987     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Madrid 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 Madrid 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 312.683 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.796 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.273 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 Madrid, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Madrid 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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<9>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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