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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Dothan [Map], which is the Seat of Houston County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Big Creek to Dothan, 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.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 101 miles [162.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 718 miles [1,155.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,609 miles [10,636.2 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 7,303 miles [11,753 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,185 miles [8,344.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Big Creek ...

We have found 31 communities that share the name Big Creek.

While the name Big Creek is unique within Alabama, we know of another 31 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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 IdahoMichiganNorth CarolinaWest Virginia

Arkansas

Cleveland County

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

British Columbia

Our profile page for Big Creek   [Map]
Distance: About 2,371 miles [3,815.8 km] to the Northwest

California

Fresno County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Fresno County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,967 miles [3,165.6 km] to the West Northwest

Georgia

Forsyth County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Forsyth County   [Map]
Distance: About 222 miles [357.3 km] to the North Northeast

Fulton County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 185 miles [297.7 km] to the North Northeast

Gilmer County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Gilmer County   [Map]
Distance: About 261 miles [420 km] to the North Northeast

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Idaho

Valley County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Valley County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,876 miles [3,019.1 km] to the Northwest

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Indiana

Jefferson County

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

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Kansas

Bourbon County

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

Ellis County

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

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Kentucky

Clay County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 434 miles [698.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Louisiana

Franklin Parish

Our profile page for Big Creek, Franklin Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 381 miles [613.2 km] to the West Northwest

Richland Parish

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

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Michigan

Marquette County

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

Oscoda County

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

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Mississippi

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 300 miles [482.8 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Texas County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Texas County   [Map]
Distance: About 561 miles [902.8 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Lander County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Lander County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Lander County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New York

Steuben County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Steuben County   [Map]
Distance: About 892 miles [1,435.5 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Stokes County

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

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Pennsylvania

Carbon County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Carbon County   [Map]
Distance: About 867 miles [1,395.3 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Edgefield County

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

Saluda County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Saluda County   [Map]
Distance: About 293 miles [471.5 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Giles County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Giles County   [Map]
Distance: About 314 miles [505.3 km] to the North Northwest

Hancock County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 392 miles [630.9 km] to the North Northeast

Hawkins County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Hawkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 399 miles [642.1 km] to the North Northeast

Monroe County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 310 miles [498.9 km] to the North

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Sullivan County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 422 miles [679.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Texas

Burleson County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Burleson County   [Map]
Distance: About 664 miles [1,068.6 km] to the West

Liberty County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Liberty County   [Map]
Distance: About 560 miles [901.2 km] to the West

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West Virginia

Logan County

Our profile page for Big Creek, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 516 miles [830.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Houston County: www.houstoncounty.org/

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 stretches from Big Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Big Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0685, Longitude: -85.4338     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Big Creek 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 Big Creek 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 the angle) to Jerusalem is 312.706 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 307.827 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.279 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 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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<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 Big Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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