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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Dothan [Map], which is the Seat of Houston County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 95 miles [152.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Melody Heights to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 710 miles [1,142.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,601 miles [10,623.3 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 7,296 miles [11,741.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,178 miles [8,333.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Melody Heights ...

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.

Chickasaw Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest of Melody Heights   [Map]
Cottondale   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Forest Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Parish   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Shady Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Silver Meadows   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Stadium Place   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Wiregrass Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [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 Melody Heights. 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.

Faye Dunaway
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Bascom (Florida) on Tueday January 14, 1941

Bascom [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Melody Heights
 
Dave Monroe Edwards
  Professional football. He was born in Columbia (Alabama) on Thursday December 14, 1939 and died in Laguna Park (Texas) on Tueday December 6, 2016 at an age of 77.

Columbia [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Melody Heights

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dave Monroe Edwards<7>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Houston County: www.houstoncounty.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 that begins in Melody Heights. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Melody Heights) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Melody Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1821, Longitude: -85.3819     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Melody Heights 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 Melody Heights 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 312.684 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.817 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.237 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Melody Heights.



 
 
 

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