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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 Shelby, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Shelby 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 Shelby:
    • 33.109679, -86.583619
    • 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 Shelby
  • 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 Shelby ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Shelby.

Within Alabama, the name Shelby is unique.

Beyond Alabama, we know of another 23 communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Indiana
      • Fountain County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Indiana community of Shelby [Fountain County].
      • Lake County
      • This Shelby is located in Lake County and lies 559 miles [899.6 km]<2> to the north of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lake County community of Shelby.
    • Iowa
      • Shelby County
      • This Shelby is located in Shelby County and lies 756 miles [1,216.7 km]<2> to the northwest of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Shelby County community of Shelby.
    • Kentucky
      • Jefferson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Shelby [Jefferson County].
      • Pike County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Shelby [Pike County].
    • Michigan
      • Allegan County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Shelby [Allegan County].
      • Macomb County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Shelby [Macomb County].
      • Oceana County
      • This Shelby is located in Oceana County and lies 725 miles [1,166.8 km]<2> to the north of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Oceana County community of Shelby.
    • Mississippi
      • Bolivar County
      • This Shelby is located in Bolivar County and lies 247 miles [397.5 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bolivar County community of Shelby.
      • Claiborne County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Mississippi community of Shelby [Claiborne County].
    • Missouri
      • Linn County
      • This Shelby is located in Linn County and lies 592 miles [952.7 km]<2> to the northwest of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Linn County community of Shelby.
      • Oregon County
      • This Shelby is located in Oregon County and lies 365 miles [587.4 km] to the northwest of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Oregon County community of Shelby.
    • Montana
      • Toole County
      • This Shelby is located in Toole County and lies 1,681 miles [2,705.3 km]<2> to the northwest of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Toole County community of Shelby.
    • Nebraska
      • Polk County
      • This Shelby is located in Polk County and lies 815 miles [1,311.6 km]<2> to the northwest of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Polk County community of Shelby.
    • New York
      • Orleans County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the New York community of Shelby [Orleans County].
    • North Carolina
      • Cleveland County
      • This Shelby is located in Cleveland County and lies 324 miles [521.4 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cleveland County community of Shelby.
    • Ohio
      • Richland County
      • This Shelby is located in Richland County and lies 578 miles [930.2 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Richland County community of Shelby.
    • Oregon
      • Gilliam County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Oregon community of Shelby [Gilliam County].
    • South Dakota
      • Buffalo County
      • This Shelby is located in Buffalo County and lies 1,009 miles [1,623.8 km]<2> to the northwest of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Buffalo County community of Shelby.
    • Texas
      • Austin County
      • This Shelby is located in Austin County and lies 626 miles [1,007.4 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Austin County community of Shelby.
    • Virginia
      • Madison County
      • This Shelby is located in Madison County and lies 586 miles [943.1 km]<2> to the northeast of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Madison County community of Shelby.
      • Montgomery County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Virginia community of Shelby [Montgomery County].
    • Wisconsin
      • La Crosse County
      • This Shelby is located in La Crosse County and lies 776 miles [1,248.9 km]<2> to the north northwest of the Shelby that is located in Shelby County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the La Crosse County community of Shelby.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Shelby ...

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.

  • Fourmile [Shelby County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fourmile
    • Fourmile [Shelby County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the north of Shelby
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fourmile have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fourmile
  • Homestead [Shelby County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homestead
    • Homestead [Shelby County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the northeast of Shelby
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homestead have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homestead
  • Indian Shoals [Shelby County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Indian Shoals
    • Indian Shoals [Shelby County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the northeast of Shelby
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Indian Shoals have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Shoals
  • Joinertown [Shelby County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Joinertown
    • Joinertown [Shelby County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the northwest of Shelby
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Joinertown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Joinertown
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    • Jumbo [Chilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jumbo
      • Jumbo [Chilton County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the south of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jumbo have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jumbo
    • Kingdom Crossroads [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kingdom Crossroads
      • Kingdom Crossroads [Shelby County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northeast of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kingdom Crossroads have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kingdom Crossroads
    • Marble Valley [Coosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marble Valley
      • Marble Valley [Coosa County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southeast of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marble Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marble Valley
    • Nelson [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nelson
      • Nelson [Shelby County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the north of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nelson have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nelson
    • Spring Creek [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spring Creek
      • Spring Creek [Shelby County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spring Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Creek
    • Springs Junction [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springs Junction
      • Springs Junction [Shelby County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the west of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Springs Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springs Junction
    • Stems [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stems
      • Stems [Shelby County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the west of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stems have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stems
    • Sulphur Spring [Talladega County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sulphur Spring
      • Sulphur Spring [Talladega County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the east of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sulphur Spring have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sulphur Spring
    • Union Grove [Chilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union Grove
      • Union Grove [Chilton County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the southwest of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union Grove
    • Valentine [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valentine
      • Valentine [Shelby County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the northeast of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valentine have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valentine
    • Wildwood Shores [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wildwood Shores
      • Wildwood Shores [Shelby County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Shelby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wildwood Shores have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wildwood Shores

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 Shelby. 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 ...
    • Jackie Burkett     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Thorsby (Alabama) on Wednesday December 16, 1936 and died in Fort Walton Beach (Florida) on Friday September 1, 2017 at the age of 80. He is buried at Beal Memorial Cemetery (Okaloosa County, Florida).
      • Thorsby is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Shelby.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jackie Burkett<5>
    • William Benjamin 'Ben' Chapman     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Nashville (Tennessee) on Friday December 25, 1908 and died in Hoover (Alabama) on Wednesday July 7, 1993 at the age of 84. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama).
      • Hoover is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northwest of Shelby.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Benjamin 'Ben' Chapman<5>
    • Johnnie Mae Matthews     (Singer, record producer, songwriter)
      • Singer, record producer, songwriter. She was born in Bessemer (Alabama) on Sunday December 31, 1922 and died in Detroit (Michigan) on Sunday January 6, 2002 at the age of 79. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Wayne County, Michigan).
      • Bessemer is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest of Shelby.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Johnnie Mae Matthews<5>
    • Jim Nabors     (Actor, singer)
      • Actor, singer. He was born in Sylacauga (Alabama) on Thursday June 12, 1930 and died in Honolulu (Hawaii) on Thursday November 30, 2017 at the age of 87.
      • Sylacauga is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Shelby.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jim Nabors<5>
    • Kevin Turner     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Prattville (Alabama) on Thursday June 12, 1969 and died in Vestavia Hills (Alabama) on Thursday March 24, 2016 at the age of 46. He is buried at Prattville Memorial Gardens (Autauga County, Alabama).
      • Vestavia Hills is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Shelby.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kevin Turner<5>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Columbiana, which is the Seat of Shelby County and lies just to the North Northwest.
    • Montgomery, which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 53 miles [85.3 km]<2> to the south southeast (SSE). If you could walk a straight line from Shelby to Montgomery, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 665 miles [1,070.2 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,562 miles [10,560.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,268 miles [11,696.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,145 miles [8,280.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Shelby 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.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Shelby) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shelby. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1097, Longitude: -86.5836    
<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 Shelby, 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 Shelby 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 313.52 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.05 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.296 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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