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Philadelphia, Alabama
(Houston County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Dothan [Map], which is the Seat of Houston County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Philadelphia to Dothan, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 106 miles [170.6 km] to the Northwest (NW). 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 701 miles [1,128.2 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 6,590 miles [10,605.6 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 7,284 miles [11,722.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,166 miles [8,313.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Philadelphia ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Philadelphia.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Philadelphia. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 17 communities in the United States - with 18 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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Columbia County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 499 miles [803.1 km] to the West Northwest

Craighead County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Craighead County   [Map]
Distance: About 457 miles [735.5 km] to the Northwest


Cass County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Cass County   [Map]
Distance: About 667 miles [1,073.4 km] to the North Northwest


Hancock County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 596 miles [959.2 km] to the North

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Neshoba County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Neshoba County   [Map]
Distance: About 260 miles [418.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Marion County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 705 miles [1,134.6 km] to the North Northwest

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New Mexico

Cibola County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Cibola County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,320 miles [2,124.3 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,032 miles [1,660.8 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Camden County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Camden County   [Map]
Distance: About 627 miles [1,009.1 km] to the Northeast

Richmond County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Richmond County   [Map]
Distance: About 406 miles [653.4 km] to the Northeast

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Philadelphia County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Philadelphia County   [Map]
Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Darlington County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Darlington County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 365 miles [587.4 km] to the Northeast

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Jackson County

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

Loudon County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Loudon County   [Map]
Distance: About 314 miles [505.3 km] to the North

Maury County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 320 miles [515 km] to the North Northwest

Washington County

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 373 miles [600.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Suffolk City

Our profile page for Philadelphia, Suffolk City   [Map]
Distance: About 620 miles [997.8 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Philadelphia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1610, Longitude: -85.1074     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 312.525 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 307.631 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.14 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 Philadelphia, 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 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 Philadelphia.