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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Gadsden [Map], which is the Seat of Etowah County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 117 miles [188.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Luke to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 594 miles [956 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 6,488 miles [10,441.4 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 7,197 miles [11,582.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,073 miles [8,164.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Luke ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Luke.

While the name Luke is unique within Alabama, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Alabama

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Arizona

Maricopa County

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

Georgia

Early County

Our profile page for Luke, Early County   [Map]
Distance: About 194 miles [312.2 km] to the South Southeast

Kansas

Meade County

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

Manitoba

Our profile page for Luke   [Map]
Distance: About 1,593 miles [2,563.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Maryland

Allegany County

Our profile page for Luke, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 532 miles [856.2 km] to the Northeast

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Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Luke, Elko County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Elko County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Pennsylvania

Northumberland County

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

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Tennessee

Washington County

Our profile page for Luke, Washington County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 246 miles [395.9 km] to the Northeast

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Virginia

Buchanan County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Luke ...

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.

Ballplay   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East of Luke   [Map]
Bath Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Coat's Bend   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Daisy   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Edwardsville   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Goodyear   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hokes Bluff   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hokes Bluff Ferry   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Turkeytown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Wisdom Ferry   -   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 Luke. 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.

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Luke

Anniston [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Luke

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Luke. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0504, Longitude: -85.8994     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Luke 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 Luke 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 313.164 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.77 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.816 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek 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 Luke 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 Luke, 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Luke.



 
 
 

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