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The location of Locke Crossroads









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Locke Crossroads 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 Locke Crossroads. 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 Locke Crossroads.

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

The Limestone County sighting report from eBird.

Since Locke Crossroads is near Giles County and also Madison County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Giles County

Sighting report for Madison 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 Locke Crossroads.

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

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

  • Athens [Map], which is the Seat of Limestone County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Locke Crossroads to Athens, 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 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 611 miles [983.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,490 miles [10,444.6 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 7,204 miles [11,593.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,080 miles [8,175.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Locke Crossroads ...

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.

Cross Key   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest of Locke Crossroads   [Map]

Easter Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Hay's Mill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Holland Gin   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Leggtown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Oak Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Piney Chapel   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Poplar Hill (TN)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Sand Spring (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Veto   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Walnut Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Locke Crossroads. 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 southeast of Locke Crossroads

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tallulah Bankhead<7>

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].

Shelbyville [Map] is located 48 miles [77.2 km] to the northeast of Locke Crossroads

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Locke Crossroads

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 southeast of Locke Crossroads

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Locke Crossroads

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 southeast of Locke Crossroads

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 southeast of Locke Crossroads

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Locke Crossroads

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Rhett Townes

Edward Benjamin Townsend

Musician, composer. He was born in Fayetteville (Tennessee) on Tueday April 16, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday August 13, 2003 at an age of 74. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Fayetteville [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Locke Crossroads

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edward Benjamin Townsend

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 southeast of Locke Crossroads

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Locke Crossroads

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 southeast of Locke Crossroads

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jessup Joseph Whitehead

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Limestone County: www.co.limestone.al.us/

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Locke Crossroads) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Locke Crossroads. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9356, Longitude: -86.9517     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Locke Crossroads 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 Locke Crossroads 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 313.847 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.68 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.047 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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