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Ruby, Alabama
(Walker County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

How Far From Ruby 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 Ruby 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 Ruby once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Ruby to:

  • Jasper [Map], which is the Seat of Walker County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Ruby to Jasper, with an average speed<3> 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 110 miles [177 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 666 miles [1,071.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,556 miles [10,550.9 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 7,267 miles [11,695.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,143 miles [8,276.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Ruby ...

We have found 32 communities that share the name Ruby.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Ruby. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 31 communities in the United States and Canada - with 31 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other Communities located in Alabama

Communities located beyond Alabama


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Alaska

Our profile page for Ruby   [Map]
Distance: About 3,499 miles [5,631.1 km] to the North Northwest

Arizona

Santa Cruz County

Our profile page for Ruby, Santa Cruz County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,405 miles [2,261.1 km] to the West

Colorado

Gunnison County

Our profile page for Ruby, Gunnison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,160 miles [1,866.8 km] to the West Northwest

Mesa County

Our profile page for Ruby, Mesa County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,261 miles [2,029.4 km] to the West Northwest

Pitkin County

Our profile page for Ruby, Pitkin County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,137 miles [1,829.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Georgia

Irwin County

Our profile page for Ruby, Irwin County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Irwin County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Jones County

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

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Idaho

Cassia County

Our profile page for Ruby, Cassia County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,560 miles [2,510.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Winnebago County

Our profile page for Ruby, Winnebago County   [Map]
Distance: About 600 miles [965.6 km] to the North

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Kansas

Harper County

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

Sedgwick County

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

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Kentucky

Bell County

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

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Louisiana

Rapides Parish

Our profile page for Ruby, Rapides Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 344 miles [553.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Michigan

Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Ruby, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Mississippi

Copiah County

Our profile page for Ruby, Copiah County   [Map]
Distance: About 217 miles [349.2 km] to the Southwest

Leflore County

Our profile page for Ruby, Leflore County   [Map]
Distance: About 175 miles [281.6 km] to the West

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Montana

Madison County

Our profile page for Ruby, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,539 miles [2,476.8 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Seward County

Our profile page for Ruby, Seward County   [Map]
Distance: About 730 miles [1,174.8 km] to the Northwest

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Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Ruby, Elko County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,595 miles [2,566.9 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Ulster County

Our profile page for Ruby, Ulster County   [Map]
Distance: About 914 miles [1,470.9 km] to the Northeast

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North Dakota

Nelson County

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

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Ohio

Gallia County

Our profile page for Ruby, Gallia County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 434 miles [698.5 km] to the Northeast

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Ontario

Our profile page for Ruby   [Map]
Distance: About 965 miles [1,553 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Multnomah County

Our profile page for Ruby, Multnomah County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,023 miles [3,255.7 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Ruby, Chesterfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 404 miles [650.2 km] to the East

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Virginia

Stafford County

Our profile page for Ruby, Stafford County   [Map]
Distance: About 630 miles [1,013.9 km] to the Northeast

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Washington

Benton County

Our profile page for Ruby, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,889 miles [3,040.1 km] to the Northwest

Okanogan County

Our profile page for Ruby, Okanogan County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,953 miles [3,143 km] to the Northwest

Pend Oreille County

Our profile page for Ruby, Pend Oreille County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,850 miles [2,977.3 km] to the Northwest

Whatcom County

Our profile page for Ruby, Whatcom County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 2,016 miles [3,244.4 km] to the Northwest

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Wisconsin

Chippewa County

Our profile page for Ruby, Chippewa County   [Map]
Distance: About 814 miles [1,310 km] to the North Northwest

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About Walker County

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The official website for Walker County: www.walkercounty.com/

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 Ruby, 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Ruby. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ruby) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruby. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7487, Longitude: -87.1756     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ruby 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 Ruby 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 the angle) to Jerusalem is 313.916 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.596 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.398 degrees.

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<8>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ruby.



 
 
 

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