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Saco, Alabama

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The location of Saco

Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Troy [Map], which is the Seat of Pike County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Saco to Troy, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 40 miles [64.4 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,584 miles [10,595.9 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 7,283 miles [11,720.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,163 miles [8,309 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Saco ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Saco.

While the name Saco 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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Kern County

Our profile page for Saco, Kern County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,917 miles [3,085.1 km] to the West Northwest.


Mitchell County

Our profile page for Saco, Mitchell County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 115 miles [185.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Our profile page for Saco

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.


York County

Our profile page for Saco, York County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,155 miles [1,858.8 km] to the Northeast.


Steele County

Our profile page for Saco, Steele County   [Map]

Distance: About 924 miles [1,487 km] to the North Northwest.


Madison County

Our profile page for Saco, Madison County   [Map]

Distance: About 456 miles [733.9 km] to the North Northwest.


Dawson County

Our profile page for Saco, Dawson County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Dawson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Phillips County

Our profile page for Saco, Phillips County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,597 miles [2,570.1 km] to the Northwest.


Bradford County

Our profile page for Saco, Bradford County   [Map]

Distance: About 851 miles [1,369.6 km] to the North Northeast.

Lackawanna County

Our profile page for Saco, Lackawanna County   [Map]

Distance: About 867 miles [1,395.3 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Saco ...

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.

Bread Tray Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North of Saco   [Map]

China Grove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

High Ridge   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hooks Crossroads   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Jenkins Crossroads   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Jonesville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Josie   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lewis   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Needmore   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Postoak   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Sellers Crossroads   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Stills Crossroads   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Saco. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Oscar Gamble

Major League Baseball. He was born in Ramer (Alabama) on Tueday December 20, 1949 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at an age of 68.

Ramer [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Saco

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saco. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9552, Longitude: -85.8208     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saco 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 Saco 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 312.993 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.281 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.242 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 Saco, 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 (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 Saco 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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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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