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Highland Crest, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Highland Crest to Birmingham, 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 78 miles [125.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 666 miles [1,071.8 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,560 miles [10,557.3 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 7,268 miles [11,696.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,145 miles [8,280.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Highland Crest ...

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

Communities Outside of Alabama


Wyandotte County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Highland Crest ...

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.

Cedar Crest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East of Highland Crest   [Map]
Chapel Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Chestnut Ridge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Chimney Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Crest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Crossgate   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Eden Ridge   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Havenview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
High Point   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hoover   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Imperial Forest   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Indian Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Ivy Chase   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Laceys Chapel   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Mars Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Mill Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Mountain Oaks   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Panorama   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Paramount   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Plantation Point   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Polo Trace   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rolling Ridge   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Roy Ford   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Royal Oaks   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Shades Cliff   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Shades Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sky Ranch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Valley Station   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Wine Ridge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [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 Highland Crest. 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.

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

Birmingham [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Highland Crest
Nell Carter     (Born as Nell Ruth Hardy)
  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 an age of 54. She was buried at Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Highland Crest

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nell Carter<8>
Dennis Edwards
  Musician - a member of 'The Temptations'. He was born in Fairfield (Alabama) on Wednesday February 3, 1943 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday February 2, 2018 at an age of 75.

Fairfield [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest of Highland Crest

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dennis Edwards
Louise Fletcher     (Estelle Louise Fletcher)
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday July 22, 1934

Birmingham [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Highland Crest
Oscar Gamble
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Ramer (Alabama) on Tueday December 20, 1949 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at an age of 68.

Birmingham [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Highland Crest

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble
Tod Griffin     (Born as Arthur Griffin)
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 15, 1919 and died in Bishop (California) on Tueday April 23, 2002 at an age of 83.

Birmingham [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Highland Crest
Wayne Rogers
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Friday April 7, 1933 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday December 31, 2015 at an age of 82. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Highland Crest

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wayne Rogers
Harry William 'Harry the Hat' Walker
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pascagoula (Mississippi) on Sunday September 22, 1918 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday August 8, 1999 at an age of 80. He was buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery (Saint Clair County, Alabama) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Highland Crest

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry William 'Harry the Hat' Walker

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About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Highland Crest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3779, Longitude: -86.8464     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Highland Crest 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 Highland Crest 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 313.694 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.289 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.344 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 Highland Crest 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:

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Highland Crest.


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