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Lofty, Alabama

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The location of Lofty

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Lofty 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 Lofty. 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 Lofty.

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

The Randolph County sighting report from eBird.

Since Lofty is near Cleburne County and also Carroll County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cleburne County

Sighting report for Carroll 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 Lofty.

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

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

  • Wedowee [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Lofty to Wedowee, 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 91 miles [146.5 km] to the Southwest (SW). 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 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 597 miles [960.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,495 miles [10,452.7 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 7,200 miles [11,587.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,077 miles [8,170.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Lofty ...

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

Communities Outside of Alabama


Schuylkill County

Our profile page for Lofty, Schuylkill County   [Map]

Distance: About 725 miles [1,166.8 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Lofty ...

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.

Bucktown (GA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East of Lofty   [Map]

Cavers Grove   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Gold Ridge   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Graham   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Hawk   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Hightower   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Liberty Grove   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Providence   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

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

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

Union   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Union Hill   -   5 miles [8 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 Lofty. 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.

Vern Gosdin

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Woodland (Alabama) on Sunday August 5, 1934 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Tueday April 28, 2009 at an age of 74. He was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Woodland [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the south of Lofty

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Vern Gosdin<7>

Willie Smith

Major League Baseball. He was born in Anniston (Alabama) on Saturday February 11, 1939 and died in Anniston (Alabama) on Wednesday January 18, 2006 at an age of 66.

Anniston [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Lofty

Anniston [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Lofty

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lofty. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4629, Longitude: -85.4000     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lofty 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 Lofty 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 312.837 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.31 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.751 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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