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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Rainbow City 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 city such as Rainbow City to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Gadsden [Map], which is the Seat of Etowah County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 111 miles [178.6 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Rainbow City to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 605 miles [973.7 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 6,499 miles [10,459.1 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 7,207 miles [11,598.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,084 miles [8,181.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rainbow City ...

While the name Rainbow City is unique within Alabama, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alabama

Utah

San Juan County

Our profile page for Rainbow City, San Juan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,402 miles [2,256.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Rainbow City: www.rbcalabama.com/

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

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' (or point-to-point) distance from Rainbow City. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rainbow City) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rainbow City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rainbow City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rainbow City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9550, Longitude: -86.0416     [Map].

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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 Rainbow City 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 313.245 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.849 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.895 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rainbow City.