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Poplar Creek, Alabama
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Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Poplar Creek.

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

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

  • Athens [Map], which is the Seat of Limestone County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Poplar Creek to Athens, with an average speed<2> 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 173 miles [278.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,504 miles [10,467.2 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 7,218 miles [11,616.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,094 miles [8,198 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Poplar Creek ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Poplar Creek.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Poplar Creek. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 4 communities in the United States and Canada - with 5 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Alabama

Communities outside of Alabama

Other Communities Located In Alabama

Colbert County

Our profile page for Poplar Creek, Colbert County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 26 miles [41.8 km] to the West Southwest

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Poplar Creek, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest

Communities Outside of Alabama

British Columbia

Our profile page for Poplar Creek   [Map]
Distance: About 1,847 miles [2,972.5 km] to the Northwest


Cook County

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


Montgomery County

Our profile page for Poplar Creek, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 171 miles [275.2 km] to the Southwest


Maury County

Our profile page for Poplar Creek, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 60 miles [96.6 km] to the North

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Poplar Creek ...

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.

Cairo   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North of Poplar Creek   [Map]
Cartwright   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Cave Spring   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Cedar Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Elk Shores   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Farmview   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Glenn Valley   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Green Hills   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Hickory Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Lakeview   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Lawngate   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Paradise Shores   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Persimmon Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pleasant Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Poplar Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Poplar Point   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Shanghai   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Shoemaker Springs (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Poplar Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7956, Longitude: -87.1247     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Poplar Creek 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 Poplar Creek 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 313.945 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.775 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.15 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 Poplar Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 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 Poplar Creek 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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