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Letcher, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Scottsboro [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Letcher to Scottsboro, 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 166 miles [267.2 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 579 miles [931.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 33 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,466 miles [10,406 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 7,178 miles [11,551.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,054 miles [8,133.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Letcher ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Letcher.

While the name Letcher is unique within Alabama, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

California

Fresno County

Our profile page for Letcher, Fresno County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,863 miles [2,998.2 km] to the West Northwest

Kentucky

Letcher County

Our profile page for Letcher, Letcher County   [Map]
Distance: About 243 miles [391.1 km] to the Northeast

Missouri

Macon County

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

South Dakota

Sanborn County

Our profile page for Letcher, Sanborn County   [Map]
Distance: About 897 miles [1,443.6 km] to the Northwest

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Virginia

Bath County

Our profile page for Letcher, Bath County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Bath 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 that begins in Letcher. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Letcher) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Letcher. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7520, Longitude: -86.1622     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Letcher 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 Letcher 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 313.357 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.09 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.762 degrees.

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<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 Letcher, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Letcher.



 
 
 

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