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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Ashland [Map], which is the Seat of Clay County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 71 miles [114.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Erin 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 4 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,521 miles [10,494.5 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 7,227 miles [11,630.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,104 miles [8,214.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Erin ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Erin.

While the name Erin is unique within Alabama, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Alabama

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Arkansas

Grant County

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

Georgia

Meriwether County

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

Illinois

Will County

Our profile page for Erin, Will County   [Map]
Distance: About 580 miles [933.4 km] to the North

Kansas

Washington County

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

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Kentucky

Clay County

Our profile page for Erin, 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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Minnesota

Rice County

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

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New York

Chemung County

Our profile page for Erin, Chemung County   [Map]
Distance: About 789 miles [1,269.8 km] to the Northeast

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Ontario

Our profile page for Erin   [Map]
Distance: About 784 miles [1,261.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Tennessee

Houston County

Our profile page for Erin, Houston County   [Map]
Distance: About 227 miles [365.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Texas

Harris County

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

Jasper County

Our profile page for Erin, Jasper County   [Map]
Distance: About 505 miles [812.7 km] to the West Southwest

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West Virginia

McDowell County

Our profile page for Erin, McDowell County   [Map]
Distance: About 368 miles [592.2 km] to the Northeast

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Wisconsin

Saint Croix County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Erin ...

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.

Chambers Springs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest of Erin   [Map]
Curry   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Elder   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Gage   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
High Pine   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Highland   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Hopeful   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Lineville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Rays Crossroads   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Stockdale   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Union   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Waldo   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [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 Erin. 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.

Ethlyne Clair
  Actress. She was born in Talladega (Alabama) on Wednesday November 23, 1904 and died in Tarzana (California) on Tueday February 27, 1996 at an age of 91. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Talladega [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest of Erin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ethlyne Clair<8>
 
Jim Nabors
  Actor, singer. He was born in Sylacauga (Alabama) on Thursday June 12, 1930 and died in Honolulu (Hawaii) on Thursday November 30, 2017 at an age of 87.

Sylacauga [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Erin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jim Nabors
 
Willie Smith
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Anniston (Alabama) on Saturday February 11, 1939 and died in Anniston (Alabama) on Wednesday January 18, 2006 at an age of 66.

Anniston [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Erin

Anniston [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Erin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Erin. 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 from Erin. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Erin) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Erin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3626, Longitude: -85.9086     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Erin 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 Erin 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 313.133 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.638 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.974 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 Erin 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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