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Memphis, Alabama
(Pickens County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

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

  • Carrollton [Map], which is the Seat of Pickens County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Memphis to Carrollton, 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 130 miles [209.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 743 miles [1,195.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 43 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,632 miles [10,673.2 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 7,343 miles [11,817.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,219 miles [8,399.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Memphis ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Memphis.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Memphis. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 12 communities in the United States - with 13 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Alabama

Communities outside of Alabama

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Manatee County

Our profile page for Memphis, Manatee County   [Map]
Distance: About 516 miles [830.4 km] to the Southeast


Clark County

Our profile page for Memphis, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 395 miles [635.7 km] to the North Northeast


Macomb County

Our profile page for Memphis, Macomb County   [Map]
Distance: About 737 miles [1,186.1 km] to the North Northeast

Saint Clair County

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

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DeSoto County

Our profile page for Memphis, DeSoto County   [Map]
Distance: About 163 miles [262.3 km] to the Northwest

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Scotland County

Our profile page for Memphis, Scotland County   [Map]
Distance: About 548 miles [881.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Saunders County

Our profile page for Memphis, Saunders County   [Map]
Distance: About 708 miles [1,139.4 km] to the Northwest

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New Mexico

Taos County

Our profile page for Memphis, Taos County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Taos County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New York

Onondaga County

Our profile page for Memphis, Onondaga County   [Map]
Distance: About 942 miles [1,516 km] to the Northeast

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Clinton County

Our profile page for Memphis, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 505 miles [812.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Shelby County

Our profile page for Memphis, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 166 miles [267.2 km] to the Northwest

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Hall County

Our profile page for Memphis, Hall County   [Map]
Distance: About 709 miles [1,141 km] to the West Northwest

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Memphis. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Memphis

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Memphis. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1369, Longitude: -88.3008     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Memphis 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 Memphis 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 314.557 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.254 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.979 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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<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 Memphis, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Memphis.