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The location of Letcher









Introduction ...

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

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 Letcher, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Letcher and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Letcher 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 Letcher. 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 Letcher.

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 Jackson County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Jackson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Letcher is near Madison County and also Marshall County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Madison County

Sighting report for Marshall 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 Letcher.

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

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

  • Scottsboro [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Letcher to Scottsboro, 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 164 miles [263.9 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 579 miles [931.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 33 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,466 miles [10,406 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 7,178 miles [11,551.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,054 miles [8,133.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Letcher ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Letcher.

While the name Letcher is unique within Alabama, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alabama

California

Fresno County

Our profile page for Letcher, Fresno County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 1,863 miles [2,998.2 km] to the West Northwest.

Kentucky

Letcher County

Our profile page for Letcher, Letcher County   [Map]

Distance: About 243 miles [391.1 km] to the Northeast.

Missouri

Macon County

Our profile page for Letcher, Macon County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

South Dakota

Sanborn County

Our profile page for Letcher, Sanborn County   [Map]

Distance: About 897 miles [1,443.6 km] to the Northwest.

Virginia

Bath County

Our profile page for Letcher, Bath County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Letcher ...

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.

Berrys (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East of Letcher   [Map]

Blackankle   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Dry Cove (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Hollytree   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Kyles   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Little Nashville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Mud Creek (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Pleasant Groves   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Skyline   -   5 miles [8 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 Letcher. 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 (Alabama) on Friday January 31, 1902 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday December 12, 1968 at an age of 66.

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Letcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tallulah Bankhead<9>

Anne Bradshaw Clopton

Artist. She was born in Shelbyville (Tennessee) on Monday July 22, 1878 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Saturday February 4, 1956 at an age of 77. She was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Letcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anne Bradshaw Clopton

Don Mincher

Major League Baseball. He was born in Huntsville (Alabama) on Friday June 24, 1938 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Sunday March 4, 2012 at an age of 73. He was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Letcher

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Letcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Mincher

Billy Neighbors

Professional football. He was born in Tuscaloosa (Alabama) on Sunday February 4, 1940 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Monday April 30, 2012 at an age of 72. He was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Letcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Neighbors

Harry Rhett Townes

Actor, Episcopal priest. He was born in Huntsville (Alabama) on Friday September 18, 1914 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Wednesday May 23, 2001 at an age of 86. He was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Letcher

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Letcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Rhett Townes

Maria Howard Weeden

Artist, author. She was born in Huntsville (Alabama) on Monday July 6, 1846 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Wednesday April 12, 1905 at an age of 58. She was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Letcher

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Letcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Maria Howard Weeden

Jessup Joseph Whitehead

Author, chef. He was born in London (England) [Map] on Thursday August 1, 1833 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Sunday May 12, 1889 at an age of 55. He was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Letcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jessup Joseph Whitehead

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Letcher) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Letcher. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7520, Longitude: -86.1622     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Letcher 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 Letcher 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 313.357 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.09 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.762 degrees.

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<7>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 Letcher, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Letcher 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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<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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