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The location of Locust Fork









Introduction ...

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

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 Locust Fork, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Locust Fork and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Locust Fork 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 Locust Fork. 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 Locust Fork.

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

The Blount County sighting report from eBird.

Since Locust Fork is near Jefferson County and also Saint Clair County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Jefferson County

Sighting report for Saint Clair 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 Locust Fork.

How Far From Locust Fork 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 town such as Locust Fork to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Oneonta [Map], which is the Seat of Blount County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Locust Fork to Oneonta, 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 105 miles [169 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 635 miles [1,021.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,527 miles [10,504.2 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 7,237 miles [11,646.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,113 miles [8,228.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Locust Fork ...

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


Communities Outside of Alabama

Ohio

Washington County

Our profile page for Locust Fork, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 476 miles [766 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Locust Fork ...

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.

Blow Gourd   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast of Locust Fork   [Map]

Cedar Springs   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

County Line   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

High Rock   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Inland Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Little Shenandoah   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Little Warrior   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Nectar   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Pine Mountain   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Selfville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Sugar Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Thermal (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 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 Locust Fork. 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.

Mary Anderson

Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday April 3, 1918 and died in Burbank (California) on Sunday April 6, 2014 at an age of 96. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Anderson<7>

Inez McConico Andrews

Singer, songwriter. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday April 14, 1929 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 at an age of 83. She was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Inez McConico Andrews

Mary Badham

Oscar nominated actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 7, 1952

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Frances Westerman Bergen

Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Thursday September 14, 1922 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday October 2, 2006 at an age of 84. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frances Westerman Bergen

Lyman Wesley Bostock, Jr.

Major League Baseball. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday November 22, 1950 and died in Gary (Indiana) on Saturday September 23, 1978 at an age of 27. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lyman Wesley Bostock, Jr.

Robert Randall 'Bobby' Bragan

Major League Baseball. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 30, 1917 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Thursday January 21, 2010 at an age of 92. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Randall 'Bobby' Bragan

Nell Carter     (Born as Nell Ruth Hardy)

Singer, actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Monday September 13, 1948 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Thursday January 23, 2003 at an age of 54. She was buried at Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nell Carter

William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge

Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday October 4, 1914 and died in Santa Barbara (California) on Friday July 11, 1975 at an age of 60. He was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge

Joseph John Domnanovich

Professional football. He was born in South Bend (Indiana) on Tueday March 18, 1919 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday January 20, 2009 at an age of 89. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph John Domnanovich

Louise Fletcher     (Estelle Louise Fletcher)

Oscar winning actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday July 22, 1934

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Oscar Gamble

Major League Baseball. He was born in Ramer (Alabama) on Tueday December 20, 1949 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at an age of 68.

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble

Tod Griffin     (Born as Arthur Griffin)

Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 15, 1919 and died in Bishop (California) on Tueday April 23, 2002 at an age of 83.

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Sidney Louis Gunter, Jr.

Musician, songwriter. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Friday February 27, 1925 and died on Friday March 15, 2013 at an age of 88. He was buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery (Santa Fe County, New Mexico) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Locust Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sidney Louis Gunter, Jr.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Blount County: www.co.blount.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 drawn from Point A (ie- Locust Fork) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Locust Fork. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Locust Fork

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Locust Fork. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8825, Longitude: -86.6420     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Locust Fork 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 Locust Fork 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 313.602 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.251 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.153 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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