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Forest Lake, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Forest Lake 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 community such as Forest Lake to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Tuscaloosa [Map], which is the Seat of Tuscaloosa County, lies just to the North.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 93 miles [149.7 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Forest Lake to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 705 miles [1,134.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving 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 7,307 miles [11,759.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,183 miles [8,341.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Forest Lake ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Forest Lake.

While the name Forest Lake is unique within Alabama, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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California

Lake County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,990 miles [3,202.6 km] to the West Northwest

San Joaquin County

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

Georgia

Bibb County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, Bibb County   [Map]
Distance: About 222 miles [357.3 km] to the East

Illinois

Lake County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 622 miles [1,001 km] to the North

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Indiana

Hendricks County

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

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Kansas

Wyandotte County

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

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Maryland

Harford County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, Harford County   [Map]
Distance: About 758 miles [1,219.9 km] to the Northeast

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Massachusetts

Hampden County

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

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Michigan

Alger County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, Alger County   [Map]
Distance: About 907 miles [1,459.7 km] to the North

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Minnesota

Washington County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 881 miles [1,417.8 km] to the North Northwest

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New Hampshire

Cheshire County

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

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Pennsylvania

Susquehanna County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, Susquehanna County   [Map]
Distance: About 870 miles [1,400.1 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Greenwood County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, Greenwood County   [Map]
Distance: About 314 miles [505.3 km] to the East Northeast

Horry County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, Horry County   [Map]
Distance: About 510 miles [820.8 km] to the East

Richland County

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

York County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, York County   [Map]
Distance: About 398 miles [640.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Texas

Brazos County

Our profile page for Forest Lake, Brazos County
Although located in Brazos County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.al.us/

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







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forest Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1962, Longitude: -87.5297     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Forest Lake 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 Forest Lake 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 314.094 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.726 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.656 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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