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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Ryan Crossroads to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Ryan Crossroads to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Decatur [Map], which is the Seat of Morgan County, lies 27 miles [43.5 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Ryan Crossroads to Decatur, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 139 miles [223.7 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 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 616 miles [991.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 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 7,216 miles [11,613 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,091 miles [8,193.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ryan Crossroads ...

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.

Apple Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North of Ryan Crossroads   [Map]
County Line   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Egypt   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Hog Jaw   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Joppa   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
May Apple (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Oleander   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Peach Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rice   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Union Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [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 Ryan Crossroads. 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Ryan Crossroads

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tallulah Bankhead<7>
 
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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Ryan Crossroads

Huntsville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Ryan Crossroads

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Rhett Townes

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The official website for Morgan County: www.co.morgan.al.us/

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ryan Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3420, Longitude: -86.6103     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ryan Crossroads 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 Ryan Crossroads 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 313.608 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.322 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.039 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 Ryan Crossroads.