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Swansea, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Swansea once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Swansea to:

  • Oneonta [Map], which is the Seat of Blount County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 105 miles [169 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Swansea to Montgomery, with an average speed<3>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 6 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 632 miles [1,017.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,525 miles [10,501 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,234 miles [11,642 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,111 miles [8,225.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Swansea ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Swansea.

While the name Swansea is unique within Alabama, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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La Paz County

Our profile page for Swansea, La Paz County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,557 miles [2,505.7 km] to the West

British Columbia

Our profile page for Swansea   [Map]
Distance: About 1,835 miles [2,953.1 km] to the Northwest


Inyo County

Our profile page for Swansea, Inyo County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,770 miles [2,848.5 km] to the West Northwest


Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Swansea, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 376 miles [605.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Osage County

Our profile page for Swansea, Osage County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Osage County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Bristol County

Our profile page for Swansea, Bristol County   [Map]
Distance: About 997 miles [1,604.5 km] to the Northeast

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White Pine County

Our profile page for Swansea, White Pine County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,640 miles [2,639.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Newfoundland and Labrador

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

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Our profile page for Swansea   [Map]
Distance: About 774 miles [1,245.6 km] to the North Northeast

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South Carolina

Lexington County

Our profile page for Swansea, Lexington County   [Map]
Distance: About 313 miles [503.7 km] to the East

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Swansea, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Swansea. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Swansea) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swansea. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8543, Longitude: -86.5555     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swansea have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Swansea to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 313.548 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.185 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.125 degrees.

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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 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Swansea.