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Short Creek, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Short 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 Short 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 Short Creek to:

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Short Creek to Birmingham, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 96 miles [154.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 670 miles [1,078.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,562 miles [10,560.5 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 7,272 miles [11,703.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,148 miles [8,284.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Short Creek ...

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

While the name Short Creek is unique within Alabama, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama


Mohave County

Our profile page for Short Creek, Mohave County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Mohave County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Cherokee County

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


Grayson County

Our profile page for Short Creek, Grayson County   [Map]
Distance: About 276 miles [444.2 km] to the North


Harrison County

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

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Rutherford County

Our profile page for Short Creek, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 152 miles [244.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Brooke County

Our profile page for Short Creek, Brooke County   [Map]
Distance: About 579 miles [931.8 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Short 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.

Alliance   -   Less than 2 miles to the West of Short Creek   [Map]
Booker Heights   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Flat Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Glaze Ferry   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Maxine   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Maytown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Pumpkin Center   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rock Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Shady Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Snow Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Toadvine   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Vines Mill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Wilderness Garden   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Williams Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Short Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5512, Longitude: -87.1014     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Short 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 Short 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 313.859 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.503 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.41 degrees.

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<7>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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Short 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Short Creek.