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A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Huntsville, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 163 miles [262.3 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Huntsville to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 603 miles [970.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,488 miles [10,441.4 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 7,201 miles [11,588.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,076 miles [8,169 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Huntsville ...

We have found 27 communities that share the name Huntsville.

While the name Huntsville is unique within Alabama, we know of another 27 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

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Madison County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 411 miles [661.4 km] to the West Northwest


Arapahoe County

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


Litchfield County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Litchfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 876 miles [1,409.8 km] to the Northeast


Paulding County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Paulding County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Paulding County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Schuyler County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Schuyler County   [Map]
Distance: About 444 miles [714.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Madison County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 369 miles [593.8 km] to the North

Randolph County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 380 miles [611.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Reno County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Reno County   [Map]
Distance: About 690 miles [1,110.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Butler County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 170 miles [273.6 km] to the North

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Prince George's County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Prince George's County   [Map]
Distance: About 611 miles [983.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 187 miles [300.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Randolph County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the Northwest

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Sussex County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Sussex County   [Map]
Distance: About 777 miles [1,250.5 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Yadkin County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Yadkin County   [Map]
Distance: About 356 miles [572.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Butler County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 346 miles [556.8 km] to the North Northeast

Logan County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 425 miles [684 km] to the North Northeast

Pickaway County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Pickaway County   [Map]
Distance: About 395 miles [635.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Our profile page for Huntsville   [Map]
Distance: About 831 miles [1,337.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Luzerne County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Luzerne County   [Map]
Distance: About 736 miles [1,184.5 km] to the Northeast

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Rhode Island

Providence County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Providence County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 948 miles [1,525.7 km] to the Northeast

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Loudon County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Loudon County   [Map]
Distance: About 151 miles [243 km] to the East Northeast

Scott County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 168 miles [270.4 km] to the Northeast

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Walker County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Walker County   [Map]
Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Weber County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,435 miles [2,309.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Franklin County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 998 miles [1,606.1 km] to the Northeast

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Columbia County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,820 miles [2,929 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Jackson County

Our profile page for Huntsville, Jackson County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 389 miles [626 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Huntsville ...

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.

Cavalry Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North of Huntsville   [Map]
English Terrace   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Green Acres   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Hillandale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Huntsville Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Lincoln   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Longwood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Oak Leaf   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Pea Ridge   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Shady Lane   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Summit Place   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Terry Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Union Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
University Park   -   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 Huntsville. 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.

Tallulah Bankhead     (Tallulah Brockman Bankhead)
  Actress. She was born in Huntsville on Friday January 31, 1902 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday December 12, 1968 at an age of 66.

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tallulah Bankhead<9>
Harry Rhett Townes
  Actor, Episcopal priest. He was born in Huntsville on Friday September 18, 1914 and died in Huntsville on Wednesday May 23, 2001 at an age of 86. He was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Rhett Townes

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Huntsville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Huntsville) 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 Huntsville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Huntsville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Huntsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6994, Longitude: -86.6243     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Huntsville 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 Huntsville 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 313.635 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.403 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.964 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Huntsville 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>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Huntsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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 Huntsville.


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