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Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Letchers 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 Letchers. 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 Letchers.

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

The Calhoun County sighting report from eBird.

Since Letchers is near Tallapoosa County and also Talladega County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Tallapoosa County

Sighting report for Talladega 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 Letchers.

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

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

  • Anniston [Map], which is the Seat of Calhoun County, lies just to the East.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 92 miles [148.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Letchers 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 most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 609 miles [980.1 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 6,505 miles [10,468.8 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 7,212 miles [11,606.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,089 miles [8,190 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Letchers ...

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.

Blue Pond   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast of Letchers   [Map]

Boiling Spring   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Golden Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

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

House (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Jo Dell   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lakeview   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Meadowbrook   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Mechanicsville   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Spring Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Trinity   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Wayside   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

Woodland Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [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 Letchers. 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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northwest of Letchers

Gadsden [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Letchers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: M.L. Brackett<7>

Ethlyne Clair

Actress. She was born in Talladega (Alabama) on Wednesday November 23, 1904 and died in Tarzana (California) on Tueday February 27, 1996 at an age of 91. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Talladega [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Letchers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ethlyne Clair

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Letchers

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Letchers

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

Dave Pope

Major League Baseball. He was born in Talladega (Alabama) on Friday June 17, 1921 and died in Cleveland (Ohio) on Saturday August 28, 1999 at an age of 78. He was buried at Lake View Cemetery (Cuyahoga County, Ohio) [Map].

Talladega [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Letchers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dave Pope

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 Less than 2 miles to the east of Letchers

Anniston [Map] is located Less than 2 miles to the east of Letchers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Letchers) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Letchers. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6620, Longitude: -85.8561     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Letchers 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 Letchers 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 313.118 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.663 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.887 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: findagrave.com.

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