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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Bird 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 Bird 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 Bird once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Bird to:

  • Oneonta [Map], which is the Seat of Blount County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 116 miles [186.7 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Bird to Montgomery, with an average speed<3>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 618 miles [994.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,510 miles [10,476.8 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 7,219 miles [11,617.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,096 miles [8,201.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Bird ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Bird.

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


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Alaska

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

Louisiana

East Baton Rouge Parish

Our profile page for Bird, East Baton Rouge Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 369 miles [593.8 km] to the Southwest

Manitoba

Our profile page for Bird   [Map]
Distance: About 1,595 miles [2,566.9 km] to the North

Michigan

Menominee County

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

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New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for Bird, Cattaraugus County   [Map]
Distance: About 715 miles [1,150.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Tennessee

Wayne County

Our profile page for Bird, Wayne County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 112 miles [180.2 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Tyler County

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

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The official website for Blount County: www.co.blount.al.us/

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 Bird, 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 that begins in Bird. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bird) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bird. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bird

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bird. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0298, Longitude: -86.3892     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bird 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 Bird 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 313.457 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.105 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.019 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 Bird.



 
 
 

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