RoadsideThoughs depends on cookies for its operation. Please refer to our Privacy page for details. By closing this banner or continuing to browse RoadsideThoughts, you agree to the use of cookies.

A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
>> >> >> >>

Brilliant, Alabama

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other AL

 The location of Brilliant 

Click for Interactive Map

Click for Interactive Map
(Location provided by the GNIS)
Click here for an interactive map for Brilliant
and the surrounding area.
Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
The Commemorative Quarter for Alabama

Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

How Far From Brilliant to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Brilliant to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Hamilton [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Brilliant to Hamilton, 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 144 miles [231.7 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 683 miles [1,099.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,567 miles [10,568.6 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 7,280 miles [11,716 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,156 miles [8,297.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Brilliant ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Brilliant.

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

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

British Columbia

Our profile page for Brilliant   [Map]
Distance: About 1,849 miles [2,975.7 km] to the Northwest

New Mexico

Colfax County

Our profile page for Brilliant, Colfax County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 963 miles [1,549.8 km] to the West Northwest


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Brilliant, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 582 miles [936.6 km] to the Northeast


Allegheny County

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

- Return to top

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Marion County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Brilliant. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Marion County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Brilliant. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Brilliant) 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 Brilliant. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Brilliant

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brilliant. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0214, Longitude: -87.7600     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brilliant have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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.

- Return to Citation

<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 Brilliant to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

- Return to Citation

<4>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 314.289 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 310.065 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.58 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<7>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 Brilliant, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation

<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.

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brilliant.


Tidbits &
Other   AL

Sitemap Privacy
of Use


Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

Copyright 2016
All Rights Reserved
This page was last modified: 19 Oct 2016
By John Hall