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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Francis Ferry 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 community such as Francis 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 Francis Ferry to:

  • Anniston [Map], which is the Seat of Calhoun County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Francis Ferry to Anniston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 96 miles [154.5 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 613 miles [986.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,508 miles [10,473.6 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 7,216 miles [11,613 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,092 miles [8,194.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Francis 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.

Boiling Springs   -   Less than 2 miles to the South of Francis Ferry   [Map]
Boozer (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Chigger Ridge (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Clark (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Francis   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Greensport Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Hebron (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Peaceburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Peek's Hill (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Polkville (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Ragland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Ten Islands   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [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 Francis 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.

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 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Francis Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ethlyne Clair<7>
 
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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Francis Ferry

Anniston [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Francis Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith

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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.org/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Francis Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7632, Longitude: -86.0441     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Francis 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 Francis 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 313.236 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.813 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.939 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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