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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Whispering Oaks to ...

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

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

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Whispering Oaks 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 four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 76 miles [122.3 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 most of three days and walking would take 5 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 6,565 miles [10,565.3 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 7,273 miles [11,704.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,150 miles [8,288.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Whispering Oaks ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Whispering Oaks.

While the name Whispering Oaks is unique within Alabama, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alabama

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Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Whispering Oaks, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the Southeast

Illinois

Lake County

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

Louisiana

East Baton Rouge Parish

Our profile page for Whispering Oaks, East Baton Rouge Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 311 miles [500.5 km] to the Southwest

North Carolina

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Whispering Oaks, Mecklenburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 378 miles [608.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Stark County

Our profile page for Whispering Oaks, Stark County   [Map]
Distance: About 596 miles [959.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Texas

Bexar County

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

Harris County

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

Rains County

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

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Utah

Weber County

Our profile page for Whispering Oaks, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,472 miles [2,369 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Whispering Oaks ...

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.

Chestnut Glen   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest of Whispering Oaks   [Map]
Eden Ridge   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Fox Trace   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Greenwood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Helena   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
High Point   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Hilltop   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hopewell   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mars Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Paramount   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Rolling Ridge   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Roy Ford   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Shades Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Shadywood   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Weeping Oaks   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Whispering Oaks. 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.

Mary Badham
  Oscar nominated actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 7, 1952

Birmingham [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Whispering Oaks
 
Nell Carter     (Born as Nell Ruth Hardy)
  Singer, actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Monday September 13, 1948 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Thursday January 23, 2003 at an age of 54. She was buried at Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Whispering Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nell Carter<8>
 
Dennis Edwards
  Musician - a member of 'The Temptations'. He was born in Fairfield (Alabama) on Wednesday February 3, 1943 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday February 2, 2018 at an age of 75.

Fairfield [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Whispering Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dennis Edwards
 
Louise Fletcher     (Estelle Louise Fletcher)
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday July 22, 1934

Birmingham [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Whispering Oaks
 
Oscar Gamble
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Ramer (Alabama) on Tueday December 20, 1949 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at an age of 68.

Birmingham [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Whispering Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble
 
Tod Griffin     (Born as Arthur Griffin)
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 15, 1919 and died in Bishop (California) on Tueday April 23, 2002 at an age of 83.

Birmingham [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Whispering Oaks
 
Wayne Rogers
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Friday April 7, 1933 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday December 31, 2015 at an age of 82. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Whispering Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wayne Rogers
 
Harry William 'Harry the Hat' Walker
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pascagoula (Mississippi) on Sunday September 22, 1918 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday August 8, 1999 at an age of 80. He was buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery (Saint Clair County, Alabama) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Whispering Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry William 'Harry the Hat' Walker

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Communities in Alabama

About Jefferson County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whispering Oaks. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3176, Longitude: -86.8964     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whispering Oaks 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 Whispering Oaks 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 313.72 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.311 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.377 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 Whispering Oaks 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Whispering Oaks.



 
 
 

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