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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Tuscaloosa [Map], which is the Seat of Tuscaloosa County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 91 miles [146.5 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from The Downs to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 706 miles [1,136.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,598 miles [10,618.5 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 7,308 miles [11,761.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,184 miles [8,342.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named The Downs ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name The Downs.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named The Downs. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 13 communities in the United States - with 14 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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Warren County

Our profile page for The Downs, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 279 miles [449 km] to the East

Washington County

Our profile page for The Downs, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the East


McLean County

Our profile page for The Downs, McLean County   [Map]
Distance: About 503 miles [809.5 km] to the North


Osborne County

Our profile page for The Downs, Osborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 750 miles [1,207 km] to the Northwest

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Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for The Downs, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 732 miles [1,178 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Durham County

Our profile page for The Downs, Durham County   [Map]
Distance: About 520 miles [836.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Marion County

Our profile page for The Downs, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,037 miles [3,278.2 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Greenwood County

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

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McLennan County

Our profile page for The Downs, McLennan County   [Map]
Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the West

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Salt Lake County

Our profile page for The Downs, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,430 miles [2,301.4 km] to the West Northwest

Weber County

Our profile page for The Downs, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,448 miles [2,330.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for The Downs, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,878 miles [3,022.3 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Marion County

Our profile page for The Downs, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 593 miles [954.3 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near The Downs ...

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.

Cedar Crest   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast of The Downs   [Map]
Cedar Knoll   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Cherry Dale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Cloverdale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Dearing Place   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Fairway Drive   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Forest Lake   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Green Valley   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Guilds Woods   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Hickory Forest   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Lakeview   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Meadow Lawn   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Meadowbrook   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Rosedale   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Rosedale Courts   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Rosewood   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
South Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Springbrook   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
University   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
University Lane   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
University Place   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [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 The Downs. 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.

Ollie 'Downtown' Brown     (Ollie Lee Brown)
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Tuscaloosa (Alabama) on Friday February 11, 1944 and died in Buena Park (California) on Thursday April 16, 2015 at an age of 71.

Tuscaloosa [Map] is located Less than 2 miles to the north of The Downs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ollie 'Downtown' Brown<8>
George 'Mule' Suttles
  Negro League Baseball. He was born in Blockton Junc (Alabama) on Saturday March 31, 1900 and died in Newark (New Jersey) on Saturday July 9, 1966 at an age of 66. He was buried at Glendale Cemetery (Essex County, New Jersey) [Map].

Blockton Junc [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the east of The Downs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George 'Mule' Suttles

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in The Downs. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- The Downs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in The Downs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1904, Longitude: -87.5475     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for The Downs 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 The Downs 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 314.104 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.737 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.664 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 The Downs 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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