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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 Sugar, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Sugar 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 Sugar:
    • 34.998139, -87.218349
    • 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 Sugar
  • 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 Sugar ...

We have found four communities that share the name Sugar.

Within Alabama, the name Sugar is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • California
      • Orange County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the California community of Sugar [Orange County].
    • Colorado
      • Prowers County
      • This Sugar is located in Prowers County and lies 882 miles [1,419.4 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Sugar that is located in Lauderdale County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sugar
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Prowers County community of Sugar.
    • Kansas
      • Miami County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Sugar [Miami County].
    • Utah
      • Salt Lake County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Utah community of Sugar [Salt Lake County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sugar ...

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.

  • Five Points [Lawrence County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Five Points
    • Five Points [Lawrence County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Sugar
    • 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
  • Good Springs [Limestone County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Good Springs
    • Good Springs [Limestone County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the south of Sugar
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Good Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Good Springs
  • Gourdsville [Limestone County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gourdsville
    • Gourdsville [Limestone County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the east of Sugar
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gourdsville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gourdsville
  • Grassy [Lauderdale County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grassy
    • Grassy [Lauderdale County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the west of Sugar
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grassy have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grassy
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Idaho [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Idaho
      • Idaho [Lawrence County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Sugar
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Idaho have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Idaho
    • Lester [Limestone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lester
      • Lester [Limestone County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Sugar
      • Estimated population in 2019: 131 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lester
    • Minor Hill [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minor Hill
      • Minor Hill [Giles County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northeast of Sugar
      • Estimated population in 2019: 531 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minor Hill
    • Moody Ford [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moody Ford
      • Moody Ford [Lauderdale County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the south of Sugar
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moody Ford have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moody Ford
    • Peach [Giles County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peach
      • Peach [Giles County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Sugar
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peach have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peach
    • Scarce Grease [Limestone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scarce Grease
      • Scarce Grease [Limestone County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the east of Sugar
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scarce Grease have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scarce Grease
    • Union Hill [Limestone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union Hill
      • Union Hill [Limestone County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Sugar
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union Hill

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 Sugar. 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 ...
    • W.C. Handy     (Musician, composer)
      • Musician, composer. He was born in Florence (Alabama) on Sunday November 16, 1873 and died in New York (New York) on Friday March 28, 1958 at the age of 84. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx County, New York).
      • Florence is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Sugar.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: W.C. Handy<5>
    • William Bruce 'Billy' Hardwick     (Professional bowler)
      • Professional bowler. He was born in Florence (Alabama) on Friday July 25, 1941 and died in Bradenton (Florida) on Saturday November 16, 2013 at the age of 72.
      • Florence is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Sugar.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Bruce 'Billy' Hardwick<5>

How Far From Sugar to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic community of Sugar once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Sugar and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Florence, which is the Seat of Lauderdale County and lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the west southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sugar to Florence, with an average speed<6> 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, which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 188 miles [302.6 km] to the south southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 622 miles [1,001 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,498 miles [10,457.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,213 miles [11,608.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,089 miles [8,190 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sugar, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sugar) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sugar. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9981, Longitude: -87.2183       In this case, the coordinates for Sugar have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Sugar 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.
<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 Sugar 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 314.013 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.881 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.144 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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