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Powhatan, Alabama

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Powhatan to Birmingham, 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 98 miles [157.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 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 6,561 miles [10,558.9 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 7,271 miles [11,701.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,147 miles [8,283.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Powhatan ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Powhatan.

While the name Powhatan 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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Lawrence County

Our profile page for Powhatan, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the Northwest


Natchitoches Parish

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Distance: About 373 miles [600.3 km] to the West Southwest


Baltimore County

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Distance: About 698 miles [1,123.3 km] to the Northeast

North Carolina

Johnston County

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Distance: About 513 miles [825.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Belmont County

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

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Campbell County

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Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the East Northeast

Powhatan County

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Distance: About 583 miles [938.2 km] to the East Northeast

Richmond County

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

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West Virginia

Marshall County

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

McDowell County

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Distance: About 413 miles [664.7 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Powhatan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5907, Longitude: -87.1086     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Powhatan 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 Powhatan 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 313.866 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.516 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.405 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 Powhatan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Powhatan.