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1890 Communities Near Nelson ...

We largely built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. Over time, we will continue to add communities that we find during on-going research.

We largely built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. Over time, we will continue to add communities that we find during on-going research.

If it applies, we indicate whether a community no longer exists and is now historic.<1>

While we didn't find Nelson in the Atlas, the following communities of the 1890's would have been found near the current location of Nelson.

Bridgeton   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Calera   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
 
Childersburg   (Talladega County)       [Map]  
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 777 people (with 4,997 people in 2016)
 - Childersburg had a post office and railroad service
 
Columbiana   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,539 people in 2016)
 - Columbiana had a post office and railroad service
 
Dogwood   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Nelson
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
 
Falliston   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Nelson
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
 
Fayetteville   (Talladega County)       [Map]  
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Fayetteville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Harpersville   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 1,680 people in 2016)
 - Harpersville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Helena   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,673 people in 2016)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
 
Jumbo   (Chilton County)       [Map]  
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South (S) from Nelson
 - Jumbo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Longview   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Nelson
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
 
Marble Valley   (Coosa County)       [Map]  
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Marble Valley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Maylene   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West (W) from Nelson
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
 
Montevallo   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
 
Pelham   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 23,050 people in 2016)
 - Pelham had a post office and railroad service
 
Shelby   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
 
Shelby Springs   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Nelson
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Siluria   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West (W) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
 
South Calera   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Nelson
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
 
Sterrett   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Nelson
 - Sterrett had a post office and railroad service
 
Tacoa   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Nelson
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
 
Talladega Springs   (Talladega County)       [Map]  
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Nelson
 - Talladega Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Vincent   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Nelson
 - Vincent had a post office and railroad service
 
Wilsonville   (Shelby County)       [Map]  
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 1,987 people in 2016)
 - Wilsonville had a post office and railroad service
 
Zubers   (Talladega County)       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East (E) from Nelson
 - Zubers had a post office and no railroad service

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Nelson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Nelson. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Nelson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nelson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2154, Longitude: -86.5811     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nelson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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