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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Cotton Valley to ...

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

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

  • Tuskegee [Map], which is the Seat of Macon County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Cotton Valley to Tuskegee, 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 35 miles [56.3 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 665 miles [1,070.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,563 miles [10,562.1 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 7,263 miles [11,688.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,142 miles [8,275.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Cotton Valley ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Cotton Valley.

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


Communities Outside of Alabama

Louisiana

Webster Parish

Our profile page for Cotton Valley, Webster Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 451 miles [725.8 km] to the West

New Hampshire

Carroll County

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

Oklahoma

Washington County

Our profile page for Cotton Valley, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 661 miles [1,063.8 km] to the West Northwest

South Carolina

Dillon County

Our profile page for Cotton Valley, Dillon County   [Map]
Distance: About 398 miles [640.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Cotton Valley ...

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.

Cornerstone   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest of Cotton Valley   [Map]
Creek Stand   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Cross Keys   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Downs   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Franklin   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hardaway   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Little Texas   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Liverpool   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Peachburg   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pleasant Hill   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Union Springs   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Warriorstand   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [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 Cotton Valley. 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.

George Washington Carver
  Scientist, inventor. He was born in Diamond (Missouri) on Tueday July 12, 1864 and died in Tuskegee (Alabama) on Tueday January 5, 1943 at an age of 78.

Tuskegee [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Cotton Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George Washington Carver<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Macon County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cotton Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2929, Longitude: -85.6922     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cotton Valley 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 Cotton Valley 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 312.94 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.267 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.122 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Cotton Valley 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: findagrave.com.

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