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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Prattville [Map], which is the Seat of Autauga County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from White Water to Prattville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 22 miles [35.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 697 miles [1,121.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,595 miles [10,613.6 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 7,299 miles [11,746.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,176 miles [8,330 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named White Water ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name White Water.

While the name White Water is unique within Alabama, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Alabama

California

Riverside County

Our profile page for White Water, Riverside County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,730 miles [2,784.2 km] to the West Northwest

San Diego County

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

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for White Water   [Map]
Distance: About 1,480 miles [2,381.8 km] to the Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near White Water ...

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.

Booth   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of White Water   [Map]
Evergreen   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hunting Ridge   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Independence   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Live Oaks   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Mulberry   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Peace   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Poseys Crossroads   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Prattville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Willowbrook   -   10 miles [16.1 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 White Water. 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.

James Anderson
  Actor. He was born in Wetumpka (Alabama) on Wednesday July 13, 1921 and died in Billings (Montana) on Sunday September 14, 1969 at an age of 48. He was buried at Valhalla Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Wetumpka [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the east of White Water

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Anderson<8>
 
Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler
  Daughter-in-law of John Tyler - after his wife Letitia died, Priscilla served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency. She was born in New York (New York) on Friday June 14, 1816 and died in Montgomery (Alabama) on Sunday December 29, 1889 at an age of 73. She was buried at Oakwood Cemetery (Montgomery County, Alabama) [Map].

Montgomery [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of White Water

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler

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

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in White Water. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4640, Longitude: -86.6355     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for White Water 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 White Water 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 313.507 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.947 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.451 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 White Water 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 White Water.



 
 
 

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