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Big Ridge, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Big Ridge to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers 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 Ridge 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 Ridge to:

  • Jasper [Map], which is the Seat of Walker County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 111 miles [178.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Big Ridge to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 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 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,559 miles [10,555.7 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 7,269 miles [11,698.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,145 miles [8,280.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Big Ridge ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Big Ridge.

While the name Big Ridge is unique within Alabama, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Caldwell Parish

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


New Madrid County

Our profile page for Big Ridge, New Madrid County   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the North Northwest

North Carolina

Jackson County

Our profile page for Big Ridge, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 256 miles [412 km] to the East Northeast

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Big Ridge   [Map]
Distance: About 1,649 miles [2,653.8 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7448, Longitude: -87.2367     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Big Ridge 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 Ridge 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 313.953 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.638 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.424 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Big Ridge.


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