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Heatherwood, Alabama
(Shelby County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Columbiana [Map], which is the Seat of Shelby County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Heatherwood to Columbiana, 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 five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 77 miles [123.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). 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 661 miles [1,063.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,555 miles [10,549.2 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 7,263 miles [11,688.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,140 miles [8,272 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Heatherwood ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Heatherwood.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Heatherwood. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 12 communities in the United States - with 13 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama

Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Boulder County

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


Clayton County

Our profile page for Heatherwood, Clayton County   [Map]
Distance: About 134 miles [215.7 km] to the East


Howard County

Our profile page for Heatherwood, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 680 miles [1,094.4 km] to the Northeast

New Jersey

Middlesex County

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

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North Carolina

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Heatherwood, Mecklenburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 367 miles [590.6 km] to the East Northeast

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South Carolina

Aiken County

Our profile page for Heatherwood, Aiken County   [Map]
Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the East

Orangeburg County

Our profile page for Heatherwood, Orangeburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 339 miles [545.6 km] to the East

Pickens County

Our profile page for Heatherwood, Pickens County   [Map]
Distance: About 244 miles [392.7 km] to the East Northeast

York County

Our profile page for Heatherwood, York County   [Map]
Distance: About 343 miles [552 km] to the East Northeast

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Harris County

Our profile page for Heatherwood, Harris County   [Map]
Distance: About 570 miles [917.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Heatherwood, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,469 miles [2,364.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Hanover County

Our profile page for Heatherwood, Hanover County   [Map]
Distance: About 605 miles [973.7 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 that starts in Heatherwood. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Heatherwood) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Heatherwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3932, Longitude: -86.7539     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Heatherwood 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 Heatherwood 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 313.639 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.228 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.304 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Heatherwood.


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