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Sharps Spur, Alabama

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Although we found mention of Sharps Spur during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Sharps Spur was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

One piece of information that we would especially like to find is the location (ie- GPS coordinates) of Sharps Spur. If you can help us locate Sharps Spur, please Contact Us.

Various Identification Codes ...

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies created a set of codes with a purpose similar to the GNIS codes. These codes are called the Federal Information Processing Standard (or the FIPS 55 codes). Although they are still used by some organizations, the FIPS codes are obsolete and will ultimately be replaced by the GNIS codes.

The following FIPS codes apply to Sharps Spur:

Place (Community) Code:  69576
State Code:  01 (Alabama)
County Code:  087 (Macon County)

Since the Place and County FIPS codes are not unique and can be repeated in other States, it's necessary to combine the State code with the Place and County FIPS codes to uniquely identify them - for example:

State/Place Code:  01/69576
State/County Code:  01/087

Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Sharps Spur is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Sharps Spur is located in Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Sharps Spur is located in Region IV (Region 4).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Sharps Spur is located in Region IV (Region 4).

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 01/69576   (Place Name: Sharps Spur)

County: Macon     (FIPS State/County: 01/087)

Class: U8

Identifies a populated place (in this case, Sharps Spur) located wholly or substantially outside the boundaries of an incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) but whose name has not been verified as authoritative by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

The official website of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Sharps Spur and then turned west". While Sharps Spur could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Sharps Spur as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Sharps Spur 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.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Sharps Spur.

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