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The location of Lock Six









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Lauderdale County sighting report from eBird.

Since Lock Six is near Colbert County and also Lawrence County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Colbert County

Sighting report for Lawrence 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 Lock Six.

How Far From Lock Six 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 Lock Six 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 Six and extending to:

  • Florence [Map], which is the Seat of Lauderdale County, lies just to the West.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 184 miles [296.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Lock Six to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 11 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 643 miles [1,034.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,518 miles [10,489.7 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 7,234 miles [11,642 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,109 miles [8,222.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Lock Six ...

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.

Aqua Vista   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast of Lock Six   [Map]

Atlas (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Big Oak   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Center Star   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Emerald Shores   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

Falconhead   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Ford City   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Hideaway Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

Indian Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Kingman (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Lake Coves   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

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

Lakeview Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lockland   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Paradise Points   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Sky Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Village Pines   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Virginia Shores   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Woodlawn   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [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 Six. 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 7 miles [11.3 km] to the west of Lock Six

Find-A-Grave Memorial: W.C. Handy<7>

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 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest of Lock Six

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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Lock Six

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anderson Lawler

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Lock Six. 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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Lock Six) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lock Six. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8484, Longitude: -87.5364     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lock Six 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 Six 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 314.201 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.077 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.311 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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