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Briarfield, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Talladega [Map], which is the Seat of Talladega County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Briarfield to Talladega, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 74 miles [119.1 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,534 miles [10,515.5 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 7,241 miles [11,653.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,118 miles [8,236.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Briarfield ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Briarfield.

While the name Briarfield is unique within Alabama, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

Tennessee

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Briarfield, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 133 miles [214 km] to the North Northeast

Virginia

Hampton City

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

Pittsylvania County

Our profile page for Briarfield, Pittsylvania County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 436 miles [701.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Briarfield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4229, Longitude: -86.2769     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Briarfield 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 Briarfield 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 313.356 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.904 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.107 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 Briarfield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Briarfield.



 
 
 

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