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The location of Lester









Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Lester, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Lester and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Lester and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Lester. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Lester.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Etowah County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Etowah County sighting report from eBird.

Since Lester is near Saint Clair County and also Calhoun County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Saint Clair County

Sighting report for Calhoun County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Lester.

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

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

  • Gadsden [Map], which is the Seat of Etowah County, lies just to the East.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 112 miles [180.2 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Lester to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 606 miles [975.3 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 6,500 miles [10,460.7 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 7,209 miles [11,601.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,085 miles [8,183.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Lester ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Lester.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Lester. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 22 communities in the United States - with 23 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Alabama

Communities outside of Alabama


Communities Outside of Alabama

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GeorgiaMichiganOhioWest Virginia
 
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Arkansas

Craighead County

Our profile page for Lester, Craighead County   [Map]

Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the West Northwest.

Ouachita County

Our profile page for Lester, Ouachita County   [Map]

Distance: About 390 miles [627.6 km] to the West.

Colorado

Huerfano County

Our profile page for Lester, Huerfano County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,067 miles [1,717.2 km] to the West Northwest.

Georgia

Fulton County

Our profile page for Lester, Fulton County   [Map]

Distance: About 89 miles [143.2 km] to the East Southeast.

Mitchell County

Our profile page for Lester, Mitchell County   [Map]

Distance: About 217 miles [349.2 km] to the Southeast.

Illinois

Marion County

Our profile page for Lester, Marion County   [Map]

Distance: About 367 miles [590.6 km] to the North Northwest.

Indiana

Greene County

Our profile page for Lester, Greene County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Greene County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Iowa

Black Hawk County

Our profile page for Lester, Black Hawk County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Black Hawk County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Lyon County

Our profile page for Lester, Lyon County   [Map]

Distance: About 851 miles [1,369.6 km] to the Northwest.

Kansas

Logan County

Our profile page for Lester, Logan County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Logan County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Scott County

Our profile page for Lester, Scott County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Scott County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Michigan

Branch County

Our profile page for Lester, Branch County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Branch County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Minnesota

Rice County

Our profile page for Lester, Rice County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Rice County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Nebraska

Webster County

Our profile page for Lester, Webster County

This community is historic.<8>

Although located in Webster County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

New York

Broome County

Our profile page for Lester, Broome County   [Map]

Distance: About 792 miles [1,274.6 km] to the Northeast.

North Carolina

Wilkes County

Our profile page for Lester, Wilkes County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 318 miles [511.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Ohio

Medina County

Our profile page for Lester, Medina County   [Map]

Distance: About 545 miles [877.1 km] to the North Northeast.

Pennsylvania

Delaware County

Our profile page for Lester, Delaware County   [Map]

Distance: About 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the Northeast.

South Carolina

Marlboro County

Our profile page for Lester, Marlboro County   [Map]

Distance: About 371 miles [597.1 km] to the East.

Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Lester, Davis County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,490 miles [2,397.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Washington

King County

Our profile page for Lester, King County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 2,043 miles [3,287.9 km] to the Northwest.

West Virginia

Raleigh County

Our profile page for Lester, Raleigh County   [Map]

Distance: About 373 miles [600.3 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Lester ...

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.

Cave Springs   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast of Lester   [Map]

Egypt   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

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

Gilberts Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Goodyear   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Gum Springs (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Happy Hollow   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Hood   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Listers Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Littleton   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Maryville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Mays   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Noble Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Pull Tight (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Rainbow City   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rockledge   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Scenic Heights   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Walnut Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Wisdom Ferry   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Lester. 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.

M.L. Brackett

Professional football. He was born in Attalla (Alabama) on Tueday July 4, 1933 and died in Gadsden (Alabama) on Tueday June 30, 2015 at an age of 81. He was buried at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery (Etowah County, Alabama) [Map].

Attalla [Map] is located Less than 2 miles to the south of Lester

Gadsden [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Lester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: M.L. Brackett<9>

Hershell Baskin Freeman, Jr.

Professional baseball. He was born in Gadsden (Alabama) on Sunday July 1, 1928 and died in Orlando (Florida) on Saturday January 17, 2004 at an age of 75. He was buried at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery (Etowah County, Alabama) [Map].

Gadsden [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Lester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hershell Baskin Freeman, Jr.

Chalmer Luman 'Lum' Harris

Major League Baseball. He was born in New Castle (Alabama) on Sunday January 17, 1915 and died in Pell City (Alabama) on Monday November 11, 1996 at an age of 81. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama) [Map].

Pell City [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Lester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Chalmer Luman 'Lum' Harris

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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Lester

Anniston [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Lester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith

Artie Wilson

Negro League Baseball. He was born in Springville (Alabama) on Thursday October 28, 1920 and died in Portland (Oregon) on Sunday October 31, 2010 at an age of 90. He was buried at Rose City Cemetery (Multnomah County, Oregon) [Map].

Springville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Lester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Artie Wilson

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Etowah County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9993, Longitude: -86.1211     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lester 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 Lester 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 313.295 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.913 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.917 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 Lester 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 Lester, 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: findagrave.com.

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