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Lock Five, Alabama

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The location of Lock Five

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Lock Five 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 Lock Five. 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 Lock Five.

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

The Hale County sighting report from eBird.

Since Lock Five is near Greene County and also Marengo County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Greene County

Sighting report for Marengo 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

The website, centered on Lock Five.

How Far From Lock Five to ...

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

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

  • Greensboro [Map], which is the Seat of Hale County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Lock Five to Greensboro, with an average speed<2> 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 84 miles [135.2 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 42 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,635 miles [10,678 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 7,343 miles [11,817.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,220 miles [8,400.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Lock Five ...

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.

Alfalfa   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South of Lock Five   [Map]

Baptist Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Birdeye   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Cedarville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Forkland   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Glovers Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Merryweathers Ferry   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Oak Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Prairieville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rockcut   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Roe Landing   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Shortleaf   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [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 Lock Five. 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.

Coretta Scott King

Social activist, educator. She was born in Marion (Alabama) on Wednesday April 27, 1927 and died in Rosarito (Mexico) [Map] on Monday January 30, 2006 at an age of 78.

Marion [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Lock Five

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Coretta Scott King<7>

John Trotwood Moore

Author. He was born in Marion (Alabama) on Thursday August 26, 1858 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Friday May 10, 1929 at an age of 70. He was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Marion [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Lock Five

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Trotwood Moore

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Hale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lock Five. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5832, Longitude: -87.7367     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lock Five 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 Lock Five 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 314.173 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.734 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.86 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:

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