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Brightwater, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Butler [Map], which is the Seat of Choctaw County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Brightwater to Butler, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 124 miles [199.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 794 miles [1,277.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,690 miles [10,766.5 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 7,397 miles [11,904.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,274 miles [8,487.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Brightwater ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Brightwater.

While the name Brightwater is unique within Alabama, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama


Benton County

Our profile page for Brightwater, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the Northwest


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Brightwater, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the Southeast


Sagadahoc County

Our profile page for Brightwater, Sagadahoc County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,291 miles [2,077.7 km] to the Northeast

North Carolina

Henderson County

Our profile page for Brightwater, Henderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 407 miles [655 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Brightwater ...

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.

Creek (MS) (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West of Brightwater   [Map]
Gilbertown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Land   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Melvin   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pierces Springs (MS) (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Pleasant Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Red Springs   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rock Springs   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Water Valley   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brightwater. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9801, Longitude: -88.3542     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brightwater 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 Brightwater 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 314.496 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.025 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.218 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brightwater.