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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Wooley Springs 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 Wooley Springs 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<1> community of Wooley Springs once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Wooley Springs to:

  • Athens [Map], which is the Seat of Limestone County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Wooley Springs to Athens, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 176 miles [283.2 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 604 miles [972 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,485 miles [10,436.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,199 miles [11,585.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,074 miles [8,165.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Wooley Springs ...

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.

Bobo   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast of Wooley Springs   [Map]
Cedar Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Elkwood   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Five Points   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Harvest   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Holland Gin   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hoover   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Maple Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Oak Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Ready Crossing   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sand Spring (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [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 Wooley Springs. 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.

Tallulah Bankhead     (Tallulah Brockman Bankhead)
  Actress. She was born in Huntsville (Alabama) on Friday January 31, 1902 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday December 12, 1968 at an age of 66.

Huntsville [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast of Wooley Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tallulah Bankhead<8>
 
Harry Rhett Townes
  Actor, Episcopal priest. He was born in Huntsville (Alabama) on Friday September 18, 1914 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Wednesday May 23, 2001 at an age of 86. He was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Huntsville [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast of Wooley Springs

Huntsville [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast of Wooley Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Rhett Townes

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About Limestone County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Limestone County: www.co.limestone.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: 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 Wooley Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Wooley Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wooley Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wooley Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9029, Longitude: -86.7917     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wooley Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Wooley Springs to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.747 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.561 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.988 degrees.

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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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