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The location of Longtown









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Longtown 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 Longtown. 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 Longtown.

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

The Lawrence County sighting report from eBird.

Since Longtown is near Morgan County and also Colbert County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Morgan County

Sighting report for Colbert 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 Longtown.

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

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

  • Moulton [Map], which is the Seat of Lawrence County, lies just to the South.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 160 miles [257.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Longtown to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 640 miles [1,030 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 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 6,521 miles [10,494.5 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 7,235 miles [11,643.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,111 miles [8,225.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Longtown ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Longtown.

While the name Longtown is unique within Alabama, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alabama

Mississippi

Panola County

Our profile page for Longtown, Panola County   [Map]

Distance: About 161 miles [259.1 km] to the West.

Missouri

Perry County

Our profile page for Longtown, Perry County   [Map]

Distance: About 256 miles [412 km] to the North Northwest.

North Carolina

Burke County

Our profile page for Longtown, Burke County   [Map]

Distance: About 314 miles [505.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Yadkin County

Our profile page for Longtown, Yadkin County   [Map]

Distance: About 382 miles [614.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Oklahoma

Pittsburg County

Our profile page for Longtown, Pittsburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 468 miles [753.2 km] to the West.

South Carolina

Fairfield County

Our profile page for Longtown, Fairfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 366 miles [589 km] to the East.

Tennessee

Fayette County

Our profile page for Longtown, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 137 miles [220.5 km] to the West Northwest.

Hawkins County

Our profile page for Longtown, Hawkins County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Longtown ...

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.

Brides Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North of Longtown   [Map]

Fish Pond   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Five Points   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Harmony   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Kitchens Mill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Mountain Home   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Muck City   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Oak Grove   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Terry Heights   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Terrytown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Trace Ford   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Longtown. 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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest of Longtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: W.C. Handy<8>

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northwest of Longtown

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Longtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anderson Lawler

Jesse Owens

Olympic Gold Medalist, civil rights activist. He was born in Danville (Alabama) on Friday September 12, 1913 and died in Tucson (Arizona) on Saturday May 31, 1980 at an age of 66. He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Danville [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Longtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jesse Owens

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Lawrence County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Longtown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5565, Longitude: -87.2767     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Longtown 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 Longtown 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 314.025 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.834 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.266 degrees.

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<7>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 Longtown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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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