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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Alston, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alston and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Alston:
    • 34.243481, -81.316763
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Alston
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Alston ...

We have found nine communities that share the name Alston.

Within South Carolina, the name Alston is unique.

Beyond South Carolina, we know of another nine communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arkansas
      • Franklin County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Arkansas community of Alston [Franklin County].
    • Georgia
      • Montgomery County
      • This Alston is located in Montgomery County and lies 163 miles [262.3 km]<2> to the south southwest of the Alston that is located in Fairfield County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Montgomery County community of Alston.
      • Stewart County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Alston [Stewart County].
    • Kentucky
      • Ohio County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Alston [Ohio County].
    • Michigan
      • Houghton County
      • This Alston is located in Houghton County and lies 947 miles [1,524 km]<2> to the north northwest of the Alston that is located in Fairfield County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Houghton County community of Alston.
    • Missouri
      • Barton County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Barton County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Barton County community of Alston.
    • Oklahoma
      • Woodward County
      • This Alston is located in Woodward County and lies 1,022 miles [1,644.7 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Alston that is located in Fairfield County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Woodward County community of Alston.
    • Oregon
      • Columbia County
      • This Alston is located in Columbia County and lies 2,317 miles [3,728.9 km]<2> to the northwest of the Alston that is located in Fairfield County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Columbia County community of Alston.
    • West Virginia
      • Barbour County
      • This Alston is located in Barbour County and lies 338 miles [544 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Alston that is located in Fairfield County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Barbour County community of Alston.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alston ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Cravenhill [Newberry County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cravenhill
    • Cravenhill [Newberry County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Alston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cravenhill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Dutchman Shores [Lexington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dutchman Shores
    • Dutchman Shores [Lexington County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the south of Alston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dutchman Shores have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dutchman Shores
  • Jenkinsville [Fairfield County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jenkinsville
    • Jenkinsville [Fairfield County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the northeast of Alston
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 42 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jenkinsville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jenkinsville<5>
  • Jennings [Fairfield County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jennings
    • Jennings [Fairfield County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the east of Alston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jennings have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jennings
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    • Little Mountain [Newberry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little Mountain
      • Little Mountain [Newberry County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Alston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 295 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little Mountain
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Little Mountain<5>
    • Littleton [Richland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littleton
      • Littleton [Richland County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the southeast of Alston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littleton have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littleton
    • Peak [Newberry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peak
      • Peak [Newberry County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the west of Alston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 65 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peak
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Peak<5>
    • Rock Hill [Fairfield County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Hill
      • Rock Hill [Fairfield County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Alston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Hill
    • Sueville [Fairfield County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sueville
      • Sueville [Fairfield County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Alston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sueville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Summerville [Richland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summerville
      • Summerville [Richland County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Alston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Summerville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summerville

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 Alston. 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.

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    • Richard 'Ricky' Bell, Jr.     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Columbia (South Carolina) on Wednesday October 2, 1974 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Thursday February 17, 2011 at the age of 36. He is buried at Leevy Cemetery (Richland County, South Carolina).
      • Columbia is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Alston.
      • Columbia is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Alston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard 'Ricky' Bell, Jr.<6>
    • Thomas Cooper De Leon     (Author)
      • Author. He was born in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday May 21, 1839 and died in Mobile (Alabama) on Thursday March 19, 1914 at the age of 74. He is buried at Magnolia Cemetery (Mobile County, Alabama).
      • Columbia is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Alston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Cooper De Leon<6>
    • Alex Hawkins     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at the age of 80. We don't have any burial details.
      • Columbia is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Alston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<6>
    • Marvin Earl 'Marv' Johnson     (Singer)
      • Singer. He was born in Detroit (Michigan) on Saturday October 15, 1938 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Sunday May 16, 1993 at the age of 54. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Wayne County, Michigan).
      • Columbia is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Alston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marvin Earl 'Marv' Johnson<6>
    • Lee Young     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Columbia (South Carolina) on Wednesday February 1, 1984 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday August 19, 2013 at the age of 29. He is buried at Lakeview Memory Gardens (York County, South Carolina).
      • Columbia is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Alston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee Young<6>

How Far From Alston to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Alston and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Winnsboro, which is the Seat of Fairfield County and lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Alston to Winnsboro, with an average speed<7> 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 five to six hours.
    • Columbia, which is the State Capital of South Carolina, lies 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast (SE). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 399 miles [642.1 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of a day, a buggy would take 16 days and walking would take 23 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,284 miles [10,113.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,980 miles [11,233.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,861 miles [7,823 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

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The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Alston 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.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alston) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2435, Longitude: -81.3168       In this case, the coordinates for Alston have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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 Alston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Alston to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.487 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.715 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.971 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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