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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Napoleon to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Napoleon to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Wedowee [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies just to the West.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 85 miles [136.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Napoleon to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 602 miles [968.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,500 miles [10,460.7 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 7,204 miles [11,593.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,081 miles [8,177.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Napoleon ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Napoleon.

While the name Napoleon 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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Desha County

Our profile page for Napoleon, Desha County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 330 miles [531.1 km] to the West


Union County

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


Ripley County

Our profile page for Napoleon, Ripley County   [Map]
Distance: About 406 miles [653.4 km] to the North


Gallatin County

Our profile page for Napoleon, Gallatin County   [Map]
Distance: About 376 miles [605.1 km] to the North

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Jackson County

Our profile page for Napoleon, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 613 miles [986.5 km] to the North

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Hancock County

Our profile page for Napoleon, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the Southwest

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Lafayette County

Our profile page for Napoleon, Lafayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 629 miles [1,012.3 km] to the Northwest

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Logan County

Our profile page for Napoleon, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,183 miles [1,903.9 km] to the Northwest

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Delaware County

Our profile page for Napoleon, Delaware County
This community is historic.
Although located in Delaware County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Henry County

Our profile page for Napoleon, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 561 miles [902.8 km] to the North

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Napoleon ...

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 Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast of Napoleon   [Map]
Hawk   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
High Shoals   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Liberty Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mason (GA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mount Pleasant   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Peace   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Providence   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Red Oak (GA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Rocky Branch   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Napoleon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3240, Longitude: -85.3591     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Napoleon 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 Napoleon 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 312.805 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.254 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.767 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 Napoleon, 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Napoleon 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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