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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Big Spring to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs 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 Spring 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 Big Spring once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Big Spring to:

  • Guntersville [Map], which is the Seat of Marshall County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Big Spring to Guntersville, with an average speed<3> 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 129 miles [207.6 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 611 miles [983.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,501 miles [10,462.3 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 7,212 miles [11,606.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,088 miles [8,188.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Big Spring ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Big Spring.

While the name Big Spring is unique within Alabama, we know of another 21 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Georgia

Gordon County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Gordon County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 91 miles [146.5 km] to the East

Hancock County

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

Walker County

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

Iowa

Wayne County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Wayne County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 592 miles [952.7 km] to the Northwest

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Kentucky

Meade County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Meade County   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the North

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Maryland

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 645 miles [1,038 km] to the Northeast

Washington County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 597 miles [960.8 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Ottawa County

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

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Minnesota

Fillmore County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Fillmore County   [Map]
Distance: About 712 miles [1,145.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 423 miles [680.8 km] to the Northwest

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North Carolina

Jackson County

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

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Oklahoma

Hughes County

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

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Pennsylvania

Centre County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Centre County   [Map]
Distance: About 659 miles [1,060.6 km] to the Northeast

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 640 miles [1,030 km] to the Northeast

Franklin County

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

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Tennessee

Carter County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Carter County   [Map]
Distance: About 275 miles [442.6 km] to the East Northeast

Meigs County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Meigs County   [Map]
Distance: About 117 miles [188.3 km] to the Northeast

Wilson County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Wilson County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 140 miles [225.3 km] to the North

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Texas

Howard County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 880 miles [1,416.2 km] to the West

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Virginia

Page County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Page County   [Map]
Distance: About 540 miles [869 km] to the Northeast

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Wisconsin

Adams County

Our profile page for Big Spring, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 674 miles [1,084.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Marshall County: www.marshallco.org/www/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







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 Big Spring, 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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Big Spring. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Big Spring) 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 Big Spring. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Big Spring

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Spring. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2259, Longitude: -86.4067     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Big Spring 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 Big Spring 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 313.478 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.157 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.982 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 Big Spring.



 
 
 

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