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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Long Island to:

  • Scottsboro [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies 31 miles [49.9 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Long Island to Scottsboro, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 182 miles [292.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 547 miles [880.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 22 days and walking would take 31 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,435 miles [10,356.1 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 7,147 miles [11,502 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,023 miles [8,083.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Long Island ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Long Island.

While the name Long Island is unique within Alabama, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Our profile page for Long Island
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Phillips County

Our profile page for Long Island, Phillips County   [Map]
Distance: About 832 miles [1,339 km] to the West Northwest


Cumberland County

Our profile page for Long Island, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,020 miles [1,641.5 km] to the Northeast

Hancock County

Our profile page for Long Island, Hancock County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Hancock County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Suffolk County

Our profile page for Long Island, Suffolk County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Suffolk County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Hampshire

Carroll County

Our profile page for Long Island, Carroll County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Carroll County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Long Island   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,815 miles [2,921 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Catawba County

Our profile page for Long Island, Catawba County   [Map]
Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the East

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Long Island   [Map]
Distance: About 1,526 miles [2,455.9 km] to the Northeast

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Sullivan County

Our profile page for Long Island, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 204 miles [328.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Campbell County

Our profile page for Long Island, Campbell County   [Map]
Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Long Island ...

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.

Copenhagen (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West of Long Island   [Map]
Dixie Lee (TN)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Glover Hill (TN)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Grahams Ferry (TN)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Island Creek Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Jasper (TN)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Nickajack (TN) (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Richard City (TN)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rocky Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Shellmound (TN) (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Summer Bluff   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Sweetens Cove (TN)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Widows Creek Station   -   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 Long Island. 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.

Cal Ermer     (Calvin Coolidge Ermer)
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Baltimore (Maryland) on Saturday November 10, 1923 and died in Chattanooga (Tennessee) on Saturday August 8, 2009 at an age of 85. He was buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery (Hamilton County, Tennessee) [Map].

Chattanooga [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Long Island

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cal Ermer<9>
Dinah Shore     (Born as Fannye Rose Shore)
  Singer, actress. She was born in Winchester (Tennessee) on Tueday February 29, 1916 (which is Leap Day) and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Thursday February 24, 1994 at an age of 78. She was buried at Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Winchester [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Long Island

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dinah Shore
Bessie Smith
  Musician. She was born in Chattanooga (Tennessee) on Sunday April 15, 1894 and died in Clarksdale (Mississippi) on Sunday September 26, 1937 at an age of 43. She was buried at Mt. Lawn Cemetery (Delaware County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Chattanooga [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Long Island

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bessie Smith

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Long Island. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9737, Longitude: -85.6711     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Long Island 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 Long Island 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 313.069 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.789 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.508 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Long Island could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Long Island, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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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