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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Fort Payne [Map], which is the Seat of DeKalb County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Skirum to Fort Payne, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of 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 135 miles [217.3 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 586 miles [943.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,478 miles [10,425.3 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 7,188 miles [11,568 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,064 miles [8,149.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Skirum ...

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.

Chigger Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest of Skirum   [Map]
Clyde (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Crossville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Five Forks   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Geraldine   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gilbert Crossroads   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Homer (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hopewell   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Kilpatrick   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lakeview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Marcus (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Painter   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Peeks Corner   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rogers   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

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The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Skirum. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3237, Longitude: -85.9672     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Skirum 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 Skirum 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 313.219 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.871 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.781 degrees.

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