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Briar Hill, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Troy [Map], which is the Seat of Pike County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Briar Hill to Troy, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 28 miles [45.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 700 miles [1,126.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,597 miles [10,616.8 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 7,297 miles [11,743.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,176 miles [8,330 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Briar Hill ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Briar Hill.

While the name Briar Hill is unique within Alabama, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Kane County

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

Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Briar Hill, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the North Northwest


Howard County

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Distance: About 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the Northeast


Monroe County

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Briar Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9590, Longitude: -86.1300     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Briar Hill 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 Briar Hill 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 313.174 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.491 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.359 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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