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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Troy [Map], which is the Seat of Pike County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Orion to Troy, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 33 miles [53.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just over a day and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 695 miles [1,118.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,592 miles [10,608.8 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 7,292 miles [11,735.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,171 miles [8,321.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Orion ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Orion.

While the name Orion is unique within Alabama, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Our profile page for Orion   [Map]
Distance: About 1,758 miles [2,829.2 km] to the Northwest


Grant County

Our profile page for Orion, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 400 miles [643.7 km] to the West Northwest


Kings County

Our profile page for Orion, Kings County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,941 miles [3,123.7 km] to the West Northwest


Henry County

Our profile page for Orion, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 692 miles [1,113.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Kosciusko County

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

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Cloud County

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

Gove County

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

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Olmsted County

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

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Marshall County

Our profile page for Orion, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 283 miles [455.4 km] to the Northwest

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Nye County

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

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Ashe County

Our profile page for Orion, Ashe County   [Map]
Distance: About 403 miles [648.6 km] to the Northeast

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Major County

Our profile page for Orion, Major County   [Map]
Distance: About 786 miles [1,264.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Richland County

Our profile page for Orion, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Orion ...

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 Point   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest of Orion   [Map]
China Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Curry   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Curry's   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Friendship   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Jonesville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lees Park   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Lewis   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Meeksville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Needmore   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pine Level   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pleasant Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Shellhorn   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Stills Crossroads   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Youngblood   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [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 Orion. 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.

Oscar Gamble
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Ramer (Alabama) on Tueday December 20, 1949 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at an age of 68.

Ramer [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Orion

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble<9>

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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 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Orion. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Orion) 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 Orion. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Orion

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orion. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9588, Longitude: -86.0055     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orion 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 Orion 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 313.101 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.407 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.311 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 Orion, 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 Orion 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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