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The location of Little Zion









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Little Zion 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 Little Zion. 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 Little Zion.

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

The Colbert County sighting report from eBird.

Since Little Zion is near Franklin County and also Lauderdale County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Franklin County

Sighting report for Lauderdale 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 Little Zion.

How Far From Little Zion to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Little Zion to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Little Zion once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Little Zion and extending to:

  • Tuscumbia [Map], which is the Seat of Colbert County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Little Zion to Tuscumbia, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 180 miles [289.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 667 miles [1,073.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,542 miles [10,528.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,258 miles [11,680.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,133 miles [8,260.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Little Zion ...

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


Communities Outside of Alabama

Kentucky

Webster County

Our profile page for Little Zion, Webster County   [Map]

Distance: About 201 miles [323.5 km] to the North.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Little Zion ...

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.

Crooked Oak   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of Little Zion   [Map]

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

Gatesville (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Hawk Pride   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Hub (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Lime Rock   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Mountain Mills (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Pleasant Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Pride Landing   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Prides Ferry   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Red Rock   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Rock Creek   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Sand Lick (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Woodland Landing (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Little Zion. 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.

W.C. Handy     (William Christopher Handy)

Musician, composer. He was born in Florence (Alabama) on Sunday November 16, 1873 and died in New York (New York) on Friday March 28, 1958 at an age of 84. He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx County, New York) [Map].

Florence [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Little Zion

Find-A-Grave Memorial: W.C. Handy<8>

Helen Keller

Activist. She was born in Tuscumbia (Alabama) on Sunday June 27, 1880 and died in Easton (Connecticut) on Saturday June 1, 1968 at an age of 88.

Tuscumbia [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast of Little Zion

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Helen Keller

Anderson Lawler

Actor, producer. He was born in Russellville (Alabama) on Monday May 5, 1902 and died in New York (New York) on Monday April 6, 1959 at an age of 56. He was buried at Spring Hill Cemetery (Lynchburg City, Virginia) [Map].

Russellville [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast of Little Zion

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anderson Lawler

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Little Zion, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Little Zion) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Little Zion. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6329, Longitude: -87.8723     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Little Zion have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Little Zion to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 314.395 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.272 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.498 degrees.

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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: findagrave.com.

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