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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Tuscaloosa [Map], which is the Seat of Tuscaloosa County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 93 miles [149.7 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Washington Square 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 most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 708 miles [1,139.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,600 miles [10,621.7 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 7,310 miles [11,764.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,186 miles [8,346.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Washington Square ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Washington Square.

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

Communities Outside of Alabama


New London County

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


Peach County

Our profile page for Washington Square, Peach County   [Map]
Distance: About 218 miles [350.8 km] to the East Southeast

North Carolina

Wake County

Our profile page for Washington Square, Wake County   [Map]
Distance: About 541 miles [870.7 km] to the East Northeast


Montgomery County

Our profile page for Washington Square, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 831 miles [1,337.4 km] to the Northeast

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Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Washington Square, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,429 miles [2,299.8 km] to the West Northwest

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West Virginia

Cabell County

Our profile page for Washington Square, Cabell County   [Map]
Distance: About 462 miles [743.5 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Washington Square ...

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.

Cloverdale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East of Washington Square   [Map]
Dearing Place   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Fairlawn   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Fernridge   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Gardendale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Green Valley   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Greenview   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Guilds Woods   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hays Court   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Hickory Forest   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Lincoln Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Meadow Lawn   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Rosedale   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Rosedale Courts   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Royal Pines   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Snow Terrace   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
South Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Twin Manor   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
University Lane   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
University Place   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [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 Washington Square. 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 2 miles [3.2 km] to the east of Washington Square

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ollie 'Downtown' Brown<8>
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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the east of Washington Square

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

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

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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 Washington Square. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Washington Square) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Washington Square. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1910, Longitude: -87.5889     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Washington Square 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 Washington Square 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 314.129 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.766 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.681 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 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 Washington Square 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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<8>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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