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Mecca, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Mecca once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Mecca to:

  • Florence [Map], which is the Seat of Lauderdale County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Mecca to Florence, with an average speed<3> 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 194 miles [312.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 641 miles [1,031.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,514 miles [10,483.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,230 miles [11,635.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,105 miles [8,215.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Mecca ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Mecca.

While the name Mecca 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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Riverside County

Our profile page for Mecca, Riverside County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,624 miles [2,613.6 km] to the West


Pinellas County

Our profile page for Mecca, Pinellas County   [Map]
Distance: About 556 miles [894.8 km] to the South Southeast

Seminole County

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


Fulton County

Our profile page for Mecca, Fulton County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 187 miles [300.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Parke County

Our profile page for Mecca, Parke County   [Map]
Distance: About 329 miles [529.5 km] to the North

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Clinton County

Our profile page for Mecca, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 494 miles [795 km] to the Northwest

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Trumbull County

Our profile page for Mecca, Trumbull County   [Map]
Distance: About 578 miles [930.2 km] to the Northeast

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Mecca, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,891 miles [3,043.3 km] to the West Northwest

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McMinn County

Our profile page for Mecca, McMinn County   [Map]
Distance: About 179 miles [288.1 km] to the East

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Madison County

Our profile page for Mecca, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 563 miles [906.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Mecca, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Mecca. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mecca) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mecca. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9548, Longitude: -87.5611     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mecca have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Mecca to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 314.222 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.116 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.298 degrees.

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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 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 Mecca.