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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Cullman [Map], which is the Seat of Cullman County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Wilburn to Cullman, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 116 miles [186.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 651 miles [1,047.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,540 miles [10,525.1 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 7,251 miles [11,669.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,127 miles [8,251.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wilburn ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Wilburn.

While the name Wilburn is unique within Alabama, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Cleburne County

Our profile page for Wilburn, Cleburne County   [Map]
Distance: About 295 miles [474.8 km] to the West Northwest


Columbia County

Our profile page for Wilburn, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 367 miles [590.6 km] to the Southeast


Marshall County

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


Ford County

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

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Wilburn   [Map]
Distance: About 1,591 miles [2,560.5 km] to the Northeast

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Cherokee County

Our profile page for Wilburn, Cherokee County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 326 miles [524.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Lunenburg County

Our profile page for Wilburn, Lunenburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 531 miles [854.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wilburn ...

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.

Black Bottom   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East of Wilburn   [Map]
Cold Springs   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Colony   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Coon Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Crane Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Creel   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Curry   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Damascus   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Dodge City   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Empire   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Marylee   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Misty Harbor   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Red Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Red Rock   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sulpher Springs   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Sulphur Springs   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Sunlight   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Trimble   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilburn. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9518, Longitude: -87.0342     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wilburn 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 Wilburn 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 313.843 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.54 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.298 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Wilburn 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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<8>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 Wilburn, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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