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Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Fairfield, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Fairfield and the surrounding area.

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Fairfield

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Fairfield. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Fairfield.

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Jefferson County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

Sighting report for Jefferson County

Since Fairfield is near Shelby County and also Walker County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Shelby County

Sighting report for Walker County

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Fairfield ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cottage Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the West of Fairfield   [Map]

Crescent Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Dolomite   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Edgewater   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Falls Junction   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

Frenchtown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Garywood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Glenview   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Gordon Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Green Acres   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

Hillman   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Hillman Gardens   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Hillman Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Ivanhoe   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Jones Valley   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Little Italy   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Martins   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Mason City   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Park Courts   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Pleasant Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Shadyside   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Tuxedo Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Village Creek Junction   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Walnut Grove   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [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 Fairfield. 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.

Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday April 3, 1918 and died in Burbank (California) on Sunday April 6, 2014 at the age of 96. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Anderson<2>

Singer, songwriter. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday April 14, 1929 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 at the age of 83. She was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Inez McConico Andrews

Oscar nominated actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 7, 1952

Birmingham [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Fairfield

Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Thursday September 14, 1922 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday October 2, 2006 at the age of 84. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frances Westerman Bergen

Race car driver. He was born in Hueytown (Alabama) on Tueday July 30, 1946 and died in Daytona Beach (Florida) on Friday February 11, 1994 at the age of 47. He was buried at Forest Grove Memorial Gardens (Jefferson County, Alabama) [Map].

Hueytown [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Neil Bonnett

Major League Baseball. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday November 22, 1950 and died in Gary (Indiana) on Saturday September 23, 1978 at the age of 27. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lyman Wesley Bostock, Jr.

Major League Baseball. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 30, 1917 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Thursday January 21, 2010 at the age of 92. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Randall 'Bobby' Bragan

Singer, actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Monday September 13, 1948 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Thursday January 23, 2003 at the age of 54. She was buried at Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nell Carter

Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday October 4, 1914 and died in Santa Barbara (California) on Friday July 11, 1975 at the age of 60. He was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge

Major League Baseball. He was born in Nashville (Tennessee) on Friday December 25, 1908 and died in Hoover (Alabama) on Wednesday July 7, 1993 at the age of 84. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama) [Map].

Hoover [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Benjamin 'Ben' Chapman

Professional football. He was born in South Bend (Indiana) on Tueday March 18, 1919 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday January 20, 2009 at the age of 89. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph John Domnanovich

Singer. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday June 19, 1945 and died in Detroit (Michigan) on Wednesday January 25, 2006 at the age of 60. She was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Wayne County, Michigan) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Fairfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dee Edwards

Musician - a member of 'The Temptations'. He was born in Fairfield on Wednesday February 3, 1943 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday February 2, 2018 at the age of 75.

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dennis Edwards

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Fairfield and extending to:

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 84 miles [135.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Fairfield to Montgomery, with an average speed<3>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 5 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 664 miles [1,068.6 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,558 miles [10,554.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,267 miles [11,695.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,143 miles [8,276.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Fairfield. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fairfield

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fairfield. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4841, Longitude: -86.9129     [Map].
<2>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.
<3>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.
<4>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 Fairfield to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.741 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.357 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.348 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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