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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 Rhea, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Rhea 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 Rhea:
    • 34.022319, -86.119419
    • 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 Rhea
  • 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 Rhea ...

We have found five communities that share the name Rhea.

Within Alabama, the name Rhea is unique.

Beyond Alabama, we know of another five communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arkansas
      • Washington County
      • This Rhea is located in Washington County and lies 488 miles [785.4 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Rhea that is located in Etowah County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhea
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Rhea.
    • Kentucky
      • Calloway County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Rhea [Calloway County].
      • Harlan County
      • This Rhea is located in Harlan County and lies 255 miles [410.4 km]<1> to the northeast of the Rhea that is located in Etowah County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhea
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Harlan County community of Rhea.
    • Oklahoma
      • Dewey County
      • This Rhea is located in Dewey County and lies 752 miles [1,210.2 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Rhea that is located in Etowah County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhea
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dewey County community of Rhea.
    • Texas
      • Parmer County
      • This Rhea is located in Parmer County and lies 959 miles [1,543.4 km]<1> to the west of the Rhea that is located in Etowah County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhea
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Parmer County community of Rhea.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rhea ...

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.

  • Cave Springs [Etowah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cave Springs
    • Cave Springs [Etowah County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Rhea
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cave Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cave Springs
  • Egypt [Etowah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Egypt
    • Egypt [Etowah County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Rhea
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Egypt
  • Happy Hollow [Etowah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Happy Hollow
    • Happy Hollow [Etowah County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northeast of Rhea
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Happy Hollow have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Happy Hollow
  • Lester [Etowah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lester
    • Lester [Etowah County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Rhea
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lester have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lester
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Littleton [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littleton
      • Littleton [Etowah County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Rhea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littleton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littleton
    • Maryville [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maryville
      • Maryville [Etowah County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Rhea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maryville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maryville
    • Noble Hill [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Noble Hill
      • Noble Hill [Etowah County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Rhea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Noble Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Noble Hill
    • Pull Tight [Etowah County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pull Tight
      • Pull Tight [Etowah County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Rhea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pull Tight have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Rockledge [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockledge
      • Rockledge [Etowah County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Rhea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockledge have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockledge
    • Scenic Heights [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scenic Heights
      • Scenic Heights [Etowah County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Rhea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scenic Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scenic Heights
    • Walnut Park [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walnut Park
      • Walnut Park [Etowah County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Rhea
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walnut Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walnut Park

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 Rhea. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • M.L. Brackett     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Attalla (Alabama) on Tueday July 4, 1933 and died in Gadsden (Alabama) on Tueday June 30, 2015 at the age of 81. He is buried at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery (Etowah County, Alabama).
      • Attalla is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the southeast of Rhea.
      • Gadsden is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Rhea.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: M.L. Brackett<4>
    • Hershell Baskin Freeman, Jr.     (Professional baseball)
    • Artie Wilson     (Negro League Baseball)
      • Negro League Baseball. He was born in Springville (Alabama) on Thursday October 28, 1920 and died in Portland (Oregon) on Sunday October 31, 2010 at the age of 90. He is buried at Rose City Cemetery (Multnomah County, Oregon).
      • Springville is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Rhea.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Artie Wilson<4>

How Far From Rhea 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 Rhea 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<5> community of Rhea once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Rhea and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Gadsden, which is the Seat of Etowah County and lies just to the East.
    • Montgomery, which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 114 miles [183.5 km]<1> to the south (S). If you could drive a straight line from Rhea to Montgomery, with an average speed<6>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 605 miles [973.7 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<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,499 miles [10,459.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,208 miles [11,600.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,084 miles [8,181.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rhea. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0223, Longitude: -86.1194       In this case, the coordinates for Rhea have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Rhea 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.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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 Rhea, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<6>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.
<7>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 Rhea to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.295 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.917 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.911 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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