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Rock Mills, Alabama

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Rock Mills.

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

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

  • Wedowee [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Rock Mills to Wedowee, 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 79 miles [127.1 km] to the Southwest (SW). 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 607 miles [976.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,505 miles [10,468.8 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 7,207 miles [11,598.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,086 miles [8,185.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rock Mills ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Rock Mills.

While the name Rock Mills is unique within Alabama, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Located Beyond Alabama


Alameda County

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


Fayette County

Our profile page for Rock Mills, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 446 miles [717.8 km] to the North Northeast


Our profile page for Rock Mills   [Map]
Distance: About 810 miles [1,303.6 km] to the North Northeast


Rappahannock County

Our profile page for Rock Mills, Rappahannock County   [Map]
Distance: About 551 miles [886.7 km] to the Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rock Mills. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rock Mills

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Mills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1598, Longitude: -85.2874     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock Mills 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 Rock Mills 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 the angle) to Jerusalem is 312.754 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.172 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.776 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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