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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Pierceton once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Pierceton to:

  • Scottsboro [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Pierceton to Scottsboro, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 162 miles [260.7 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 582 miles [936.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 33 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,469 miles [10,410.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,181 miles [11,556.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,056 miles [8,136.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Pierceton ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Pierceton.

While the name Pierceton is unique within Alabama, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alabama

Indiana

Kosciusko County

Our profile page for Pierceton, Kosciusko County   [Map]
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the North

Oklahoma

Kay County

Our profile page for Pierceton, Kay County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Kay County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Pierceton ...

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.

Berrys (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East of Pierceton   [Map]
Blackankle   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Dry Cove (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hollytree   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Little Nashville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mud Creek (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Oak Grove   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Paint Rock   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pikeville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Pleasant Groves   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Rocky Ridge   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Skyline   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [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 Pierceton. 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.

Tallulah Bankhead     (Tallulah Brockman Bankhead)
  Actress. She was born in Huntsville (Alabama) on Friday January 31, 1902 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday December 12, 1968 at an age of 66.

Huntsville [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Pierceton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tallulah Bankhead<9>
 
Harry Rhett Townes
  Actor, Episcopal priest. He was born in Huntsville (Alabama) on Friday September 18, 1914 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Wednesday May 23, 2001 at an age of 86. He was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Huntsville [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Pierceton

Huntsville [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Pierceton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Rhett Townes

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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 Pierceton, 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' (or point-to-point) distance from Pierceton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pierceton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pierceton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7279, Longitude: -86.1972     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pierceton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Pierceton to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.377 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.109 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.782 degrees.

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<8>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Pierceton 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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<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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