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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Bedford [Map], which is the Seat of Lawrence County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Zelma to Bedford, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Indianapolis [Map], which is the State Capital of Indiana, lies 57 miles [91.7 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 497 miles [799.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 20 days and walking would take 29 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,273 miles [10,095.4 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 7,000 miles [11,265.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,877 miles [7,848.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Zelma ...

While the name Zelma is unique within Indiana, we know of one more community in Canada.

Communities Outside of Indiana


Our profile page for Zelma   [Map]
Distance: About 1,295 miles [2,084.1 km] to the Northwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Zelma ...

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.

Bald Knobs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast of Zelma   [Map]
Chapel Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Clear Spring   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Coveyville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Erie   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Freetown   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Leesville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Norman   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Peerless   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Pinhook   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Pleasantville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Yellowstone   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Young   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [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 Zelma. 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.

Joe Dowell
  Singer. He was born in Bloomington (Indiana) on Tueday January 23, 1940 and died in Bloomington (Illinois) on Thursday February 4, 2016 at an age of 76. He was buried at Highland Lawn Cemetery (Vigo County, Indiana) [Map].

Bloomington [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest of Zelma

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Dowell<7>
Blair Armstrong Kiel
  Professional football. He was born in Columbus (Indiana) on Wednesday November 29, 1961 and died in Columbus (Indiana) on Sunday April 8, 2012 at an age of 50. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery (Jackson County, Indiana) [Map].

Columbus [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northeast of Zelma

Columbus [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northeast of Zelma

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Blair Armstrong Kiel

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Zelma. 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' distance from Zelma. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Zelma) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Zelma. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Zelma

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Zelma. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9353, Longitude: -86.3017     [Map].

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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 Zelma 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 313.563 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.915 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.764 degrees.

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<7>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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