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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Dothan [Map], which is the Seat of Houston County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 95 miles [152.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Harwood Heights 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 three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 710 miles [1,142.6 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 6,601 miles [10,623.3 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 7,296 miles [11,741.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,178 miles [8,333.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Harwood Heights ...

While the name Harwood Heights is unique within Alabama, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama


Cook County

Our profile page for Harwood Heights, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 754 miles [1,213.4 km] to the North

Curious and Interesting Names Near Harwood Heights ...

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.

Chickasaw Heights   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest of Harwood Heights   [Map]
Clark Crossroads   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Cottondale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Forest Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Green Acres   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Griffin Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Jones Crossroads   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Melody Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Parish   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Peach Tree Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Peterman   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Rock Creek Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Shady Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Silver Meadows   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Stadium Place   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Tabernacle   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Whispering Pines   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Wiregrass Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Young America   -   4 miles [6.4 km] 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 Harwood Heights. 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.

Faye Dunaway
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Bascom (Florida) on Tueday January 14, 1941

Bascom [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Harwood Heights
Dave Monroe Edwards
  Professional football. He was born in Columbia (Alabama) on Thursday December 14, 1939 and died in Laguna Park (Texas) on Tueday December 6, 2016 at an age of 77.

Columbia [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Harwood Heights

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dave Monroe Edwards<7>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harwood Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2113, Longitude: -85.4158     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Harwood Heights 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 Harwood Heights 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 312.706 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.846 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.243 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:

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