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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Thorndale to:

  • Tuscaloosa [Map], which is the Seat of Tuscaloosa County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 100 miles [160.9 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Thorndale to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 705 miles [1,134.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,596 miles [10,615.2 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 7,306 miles [11,757.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,182 miles [8,339.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thorndale ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Thorndale.

While the name Thorndale is unique within Alabama, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alabama


Our profile page for Thorndale   [Map]
Distance: About 763 miles [1,227.9 km] to the North Northeast


Chester County

Our profile page for Thorndale, Chester County   [Map]
Distance: About 802 miles [1,290.7 km] to the Northeast

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Thorndale, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 830 miles [1,335.8 km] to the Northeast


Our profile page for Thorndale   [Map]
Distance: About 1,112 miles [1,789.6 km] to the Northeast

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Milam County

Our profile page for Thorndale, Milam County   [Map]
Distance: About 590 miles [949.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Thorndale ...

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.

Bridgeview   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast of Thorndale   [Map]
Burnt Pine   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Chapelwood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Cherokee Shores   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Chestnut Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Coker   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Cove Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Crestdale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Edwardian Place   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Flatwoods   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Four Winds   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Harperwood   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
High Cliff   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hightown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Highview   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Lake Cove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pine Circle   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Roselawn   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Smoke Rise   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Vista Granda   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Willow Point   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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 Thorndale. 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.

Ollie 'Downtown' Brown     (Ollie Lee Brown)
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Tuscaloosa (Alabama) on Friday February 11, 1944 and died in Buena Park (California) on Thursday April 16, 2015 at an age of 71.

Tuscaloosa [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast of Thorndale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ollie 'Downtown' Brown<7>
Jimmie Lee Sudduth
  Artist. He was born in Fayette (Alabama) on Thursday March 10, 1910 and died in Fayette (Alabama) on Sunday September 2, 2007 at an age of 97. He was buried at Fayette Memorial Gardens (Fayette County, Alabama) [Map].

Fayette [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Thorndale

Fayette [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Thorndale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jimmie Lee Sudduth
George 'Mule' Suttles
  Negro League Baseball. He was born in Blockton Junc (Alabama) on Saturday March 31, 1900 and died in Newark (New Jersey) on Saturday July 9, 1966 at an age of 66. He was buried at Glendale Cemetery (Essex County, New Jersey) [Map].

Blockton Junc [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Thorndale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George 'Mule' Suttles

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thorndale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3085, Longitude: -87.6320     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thorndale 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 Thorndale 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 314.163 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.822 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.674 degrees.

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<7>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:

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