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The location of Fortune Ferry









Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Fortune Ferry and extending to:

  • Selma [Map], which is the Seat of Dallas County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Fortune Ferry to Selma, 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 51 miles [82.1 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 722 miles [1,161.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 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 6,619 miles [10,652.2 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 7,325 miles [11,788.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,202 miles [8,371.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Fortune Ferry ...

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.

Eleanor   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest of Fortune Ferry   [Map]

Marion Junction   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Marshall   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Martin   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Norman   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Oak Grove (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Potter   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Sunset Mill Village   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Trinity   -   11 miles [17.7 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 Fortune Ferry. 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.

Coretta Scott King

Social activist, educator. She was born in Marion (Alabama) on Wednesday April 27, 1927 and died in Rosarito (Mexico) [Map] on Monday January 30, 2006 at an age of 78.

Marion [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Fortune Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Coretta Scott King<7>

John Trotwood Moore

Author. He was born in Marion (Alabama) on Thursday August 26, 1858 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Friday May 10, 1929 at an age of 70. He was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Marion [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Fortune Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Trotwood Moore

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fortune Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4296, Longitude: -87.1880     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fortune Ferry 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 Fortune Ferry 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 313.833 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.319 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.674 degrees.

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<7>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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