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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Safford, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Safford and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Safford:
    • 32.287918, -87.371386
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Safford
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Safford ...

We have found four communities that share the name Safford.

Within Alabama, the name Safford is unique.

Beyond Alabama, we know of another four communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arizona
      • Graham County
      • This Safford is located in Graham County and lies 1,298 miles [2,088.9 km]<1> to the west of the Safford that is located in Dallas County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Safford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Graham County community of Safford.
    • Indiana
      • Marion County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Indiana community of Safford [Marion County].
    • Nevada
      • Eureka County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Eureka County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Eureka County community of Safford.
    • Tennessee
      • Henderson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Tennessee community of Safford [Henderson County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Safford ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Alberta [Wilcox County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alberta
    • Alberta [Wilcox County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Safford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alberta have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alberta
  • Catherine [Wilcox County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Catherine
    • Catherine [Wilcox County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Safford
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Catherine
  • Crumptonia [Dallas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crumptonia
    • Crumptonia [Dallas County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Safford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crumptonia have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crumptonia
  • Donald [Dallas County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Donald
    • Donald [Dallas County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Safford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Donald have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Donald
  • Continue List   (11 more) ...
    • Eleanor [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eleanor
      • Eleanor [Dallas County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Safford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eleanor have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eleanor
    • Five Points [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Five Points
      • Five Points [Dallas County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Safford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Five Points have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Five Points
    • Freetown [Perry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freetown
      • Freetown [Perry County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Safford
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Freetown
    • Kings [Marengo County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kings
      • Kings [Marengo County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Safford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kings have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Lyon [Marengo County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lyon
      • Lyon [Marengo County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Safford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lyon have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Marshall [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marshall
      • Marshall [Dallas County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Safford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marshall have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marshall
    • Martin [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martin
      • Martin [Dallas County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Safford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martin have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martin
    • Prairie [Wilcox County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prairie
      • Prairie [Wilcox County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Safford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prairie have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie
    • Prairie Bluff [Wilcox County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prairie Bluff
      • Prairie Bluff [Wilcox County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Safford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prairie Bluff have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie Bluff
    • Tasso [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tasso
      • Tasso [Dallas County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Safford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tasso have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tasso
    • Trinity [Dallas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Trinity
      • Trinity [Dallas County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Safford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Trinity have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trinity

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 Safford. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Sr.     (Social reformer)
      • Social reformer. He was born in Linden (Alabama) on Thursday March 11, 1926 and died in Atlanta (Georgia) on Tueday April 17, 1990 at the age of 64. He is buried at Lincoln Cemetery (Fulton County, Georgia).
      • Linden is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Safford.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Sr.<5>
    • Tommie Lee Agree     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Magnolia (Alabama) on Sunday August 9, 1942 and died in New York (New York) on Monday January 22, 2001 at the age of 58.
      • Magnolia is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Safford.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tommie Lee Agree<5>
    • Coretta Scott King     (Social activist, educator)
      • Social activist, educator. She was born in Marion (Alabama) on Wednesday April 27, 1927 and died in Rosarito (Mexico) on Monday January 30, 2006 at the age of 78.
      • Marion is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Safford.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Coretta Scott King<5>
    • John Trotwood Moore     (Author)
      • Author. He was born in Marion (Alabama) on Thursday August 26, 1858 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Friday May 10, 1929 at the age of 70. He is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee).
      • Marion is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Safford.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Trotwood Moore<5>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Safford and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Selma, which is the Seat of Dallas County and lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Safford to Selma, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
    • Montgomery, which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 62 miles [99.8 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 737 miles [1,186.1 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 42 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,634 miles [10,676.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,340 miles [11,812.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,217 miles [8,395.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Safford. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Safford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Safford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2879, Longitude: -87.3714       In this case, the coordinates for Safford have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Safford 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.
<3>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 Safford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>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.
<6>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.
<7>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 Safford to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.932 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.414 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.773 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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