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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Big Springs to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Big Springs to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Wedowee [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Big Springs to Wedowee, 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 85 miles [136.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). 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 602 miles [968.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,500 miles [10,460.7 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 7,203 miles [11,592.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,081 miles [8,177.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Big Springs ...

We have found 22 communities that share the name Big Springs.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Big Springs. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 21 communities in the United States - with 22 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Alabama

Communities outside of Alabama

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Coconino County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Coconino County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,542 miles [2,481.6 km] to the West Northwest


Stone County

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


Siskiyou County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Siskiyou County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,095 miles [3,371.6 km] to the West Northwest


Troup County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Troup County   [Map]
Distance: About 30 miles [48.3 km] to the Southeast

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Fremont County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Fremont County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,585 miles [2,550.8 km] to the Northwest

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Boone County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 471 miles [758 km] to the North

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Douglas County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Douglas County   [Map]
Distance: About 691 miles [1,112.1 km] to the Northwest

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Clay County

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

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Deuel County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Deuel County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,064 miles [1,712.3 km] to the Northwest

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New Jersey

Sussex County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Sussex County   [Map]
Distance: About 798 miles [1,284.3 km] to the Northeast

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Logan County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 506 miles [814.3 km] to the North

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South Carolina

Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Chesterfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the East Northeast

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South Dakota

Union County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 904 miles [1,454.8 km] to the Northwest

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Blount County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Blount County   [Map]
Distance: About 182 miles [292.9 km] to the North Northeast

Dickson County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Dickson County   [Map]
Distance: About 231 miles [371.8 km] to the North Northwest

Hancock County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 265 miles [426.5 km] to the North Northeast

Madison County

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

Overton County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Overton County   [Map]
Distance: About 217 miles [349.2 km] to the North

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 176 miles [283.2 km] to the North Northwest

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Rusk County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Rusk County   [Map]
Distance: About 567 miles [912.5 km] to the West

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West Virginia

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Big Springs, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 459 miles [738.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Big Springs ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

High Shoals   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest of Big Springs   [Map]
Lee Crossroads   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Mason (GA)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mount Pleasant   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Napoleon   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Peace   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Red Oak (GA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rocky Branch   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Texas (GA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Big Springs. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Hal Herring
  Professional football. He was born in Lanett (Alabama) on Sunday February 24, 1924 and died in Cumming (Georgia) on Sunday February 9, 2014 at an age of 90. He was buried at Sawnee View Gardens (Forsyth County, Georgia) [Map].

Lanett [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Big Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hal Herring<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Big Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Big Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2826, Longitude: -85.3063     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Big Springs 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 Big Springs 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 angle) to Jerusalem is 312.772 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.21 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.755 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 (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

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 - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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