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Big Springs, Alabama

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Although we found mention of Big Springs during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Big Springs was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

One piece of information that we would especially like to find is the location (ie- GPS coordinates) of Big Springs. If you can help us locate Big Springs, please Contact Us.

About Big Springs
Big Springs is located in Bibb County (Alabama).

Our Pages for Big Springs ...

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

Glossary and Definitions ...

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 Big 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 Big Springs:

- State Code:  01 (Alabama)

- State / County Code:  01 / 007 (Bibb County)

- State / Place Code:  01 / 06436

The FIPS Codes have been replaced by an ANSI standard and the GNIS Feature ID.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 Big Springs.

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Big Springs and then turned west". While Big Springs could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Big Springs as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

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 Big Springs could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. 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.

Just in case there has been confusion between counties, we found that there are two Alabama communities named Big Springs: This one is located in Bibb County and the other is located in Randolph County. For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Big Springs.

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