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Bay Springs, Alabama

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Bay Springs is located in Cherokee County (Alabama).

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-profile   General information about Bay Springs
-nearby   What's in the neighborhood around Bay Springs
-bycounty   Nearest communities to Bay Springs (By-County)
-census   Census information for Bay Springs
-tidbits   Tidbits and trivia about Bay Springs
-genealogy   Our Genealogy Helper for Bay Springs
-cemeteries   Cemeteries in the area of Bay Springs
-localpapers   Newspapers published in the immediate area of Bay Springs
-newspapers   Newspapers published in a broader area around Bay Springs
-summary   Summarized information
-map   Interactive map centered on Bay Springs
-tripmap   TripAdvisor Tourism pages
-misc   Miscellaneous information
-wishlist   Things we would like to know about Bay Springs
-glossary   This page...

Glossary and Definitions ...

Area Code Overlay
An Overlay refers to the situation in which two (or more) area codes (eg- 256, 938) serve the same geographic area. In the case of Bay Springs, area code (938) is the Overlay for area code (256).

The Overlay is necessary when the geographic area requires (or planners expect to need) more phone numbers than can be provided by a single area code.

When an Overlay is present, 10-digit dialing becomes necessary for all calls, even if local. There are different types of Overlays, with each type having its own characteristics and dialing requirements.

If you would like to learn more about Overlays, we suggest the Wikipedia entry for Overlays.
FIPS Codes
In the past, the federal government created a set of codes that are used to uniquely identify States, Counties and Populated Places (such as a community like Bay Springs). These codes form the Federal Information Processing Standard. (specifically FIPS Document 55-3).

The State Code consists of two digits, the County Code consists of three digits and the Place Code consists of five digits. The County and Place Codes must be used together with the State Code to be truly unique.

For example, the following codes apply to the community of Bay Springs:

- State Code:  01 (Alabama)

- State / County Code:  01 / 019 (Cherokee County)

- State / Place Code:  01 / 04708

The FIPS Codes have been replaced by an ANSI standard and the GNIS Feature ID. Although obsolete, the FIPS Codes are still in use by some organizations.

For more information about the FIPS Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Bay Springs.
GNIS Codes
The function of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is to establish uniform names for geographic features (eg- communities, mountains, lakes, rivers, streams, etc). The BGN was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. BGN–accepted names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), which is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A unique and permanent identifier has been assigned for each feature in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive.

Bay Springs has been given the GNIS Feature ID of '113592'. Click here to see the GNIS Record for Bay Springs.