Although we found mention of Cypress Creek during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Cypress Creek 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.
Various Identification Codes ...
GNIS Codes ...
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. The BGN will usually recognize an existing name or, when necessary, chose a name for a geographic feature (such as a mountain, lake, river, stream, city, town, village, dam, bridge, etc).
The BGN names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and it is the official Federal repository. The GNIS is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
A unique and permanent numeric identifier has been assigned for each name in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive and it is intended that they are to be used by all departments of the Federal Government:
GNIS ID for Cypress Creek: 145134
GNIS ID for Lauderdale County: 161564
GNIS ID for Alabama: 1779775
FIPS Codes ...
In a past effort, various federal agencies created a set of codes with a purpose similar to the GNIS codes. These codes are called the Federal Information Processing Standard (or the FIPS 55 codes). Although they are still used by some organizations, the FIPS codes are obsolete and will ultimately be replaced by the GNIS codes.
While FIPS codes have been assigned to all counties and states, a specific code has not been assigned to Cypress Creek. The following FIPS codes apply to the State and County:
GPS Location - GNIS Coordinates ...
An important aspect of the GNIS code is that it assigns a GPS location (the latitude/longitude) to the geographic feature. This location is simply a point on the map and does not represent the size or shape of the feature. In the case of Cypress Creek, it is a point within Cypress Creek that might be a post office, the city hall or simply an intersection - the point should really be considered arbitrary and only indicating a general location.
For Cypress Creek, the GNIS GPS location is given as:
Lat: 34° 48' 44" (or 34.81°)
Lon: -87° 43' 50" (or -87.73°) [Map]
Regional Codes ...
For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Cypress Creek is located in Region #3 (the South Region).
In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Cypress Creek is located in Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Cypress Creek is located in Region IV (Region 4).
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Cypress Creek is located in Region IV (Region 4).
Referenced GNIS Records ...
GNIS ID #141603 (Name of Record: Cypress Creek (historical))
Class: populated place
A place or area having clustered or scattered buildings and a permanent population (such as a city, settlement, town or village). The boundaries may or may not coincide with the perceived population.
A 'populated place' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'civil' record. The information contained in the 'populated place' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'civil' classes.
Map Name: Unknown
Lat: 0 Lon: 0 [Map]
GNIS ID #145134 (Name of Record: Cypress Crest)
Class: populated place
Map Name: Florence
Lat: 34.81231 Lon: -87.7305853 [Map]
Elev: 179 ft.
|<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 Cypress Creek and then turned west". While Cypress Creek could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Cypress Creek 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 (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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Cypress Creek 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.
Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Cypress Creek.
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