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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Richburg to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Richburg to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Elba [Map], which is the Seat of Coffee County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 70 miles [112.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Richburg 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 three full days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,616 miles [10,647.4 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 7,314 miles [11,770.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,194 miles [8,358.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Richburg ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Richburg.

While the name Richburg is unique within Alabama, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama


Lamar County

Our profile page for Richburg, Lamar County   [Map]
Distance: About 200 miles [321.9 km] to the West

Marion County

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

New York

Allegany County

Our profile page for Richburg, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 854 miles [1,374.4 km] to the North Northeast

South Carolina

Chester County

Our profile page for Richburg, Chester County   [Map]
Distance: About 366 miles [589 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Richburg ...

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.

Damascus   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest of Richburg   [Map]
Edwardsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Elba   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Enterprise   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Goodman   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Griffin Heights   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Harpers Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Honeysuckle Hills   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Indigo   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Olivers Lake   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Shell Heights   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Tabernacle   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Valley Hills   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Willow Bend   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Richburg. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3968, Longitude: -85.9608     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Richburg 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 Richburg 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 313.034 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.252 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.409 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 (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 Richburg 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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