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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 89 miles [143.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Plain View 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 654 miles [1,052.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,547 miles [10,536.4 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 7,256 miles [11,677.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,133 miles [8,260.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Plain View ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Plain View.

While the name Plain View is unique within Alabama, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alabama

Arkansas

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Plain View, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 309 miles [497.3 km] to the West

Iowa

Scott County

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

North Carolina

Richmond County

Our profile page for Plain View, Richmond County   [Map]
Distance: About 416 miles [669.5 km] to the East Northeast

Sampson County

Our profile page for Plain View, Sampson County   [Map]
Distance: About 481 miles [774.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Virginia

King and Queen County

Our profile page for Plain View, King and Queen County   [Map]
Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the East Northeast

Powhatan County

Our profile page for Plain View, Powhatan County   [Map]
Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the East Northeast

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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 in Plain View. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Plain View) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Plain View. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5745, Longitude: -86.7714     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Plain View 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 Plain View 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 313.661 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.278 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.272 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Plain View.