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Richmond Hills, Alabama

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The location of Richmond Hills

Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Richmond Hills 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 Richmond Hills to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Richmond Hills and extending to:

  • Tuscumbia [Map], which is the Seat of Colbert County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 181 miles [291.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Richmond Hills to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 11 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 656 miles [1,055.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,531 miles [10,510.6 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 7,247 miles [11,662.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,122 miles [8,243.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Richmond Hills ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Richmond Hills.

While the name Richmond Hills is unique within Alabama, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama


Richmond County

Our profile page for Richmond Hills, Richmond County   [Map]

Distance: About 336 miles [540.7 km] to the East Southeast.

South Carolina

Greenville County

Our profile page for Richmond Hills, Greenville County   [Map]

Distance: About 298 miles [479.6 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Richmond Hills ...

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.

Cypress Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North of Richmond Hills   [Map]

Florence Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Furnace Hill (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Hawk Pride   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hobgood   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Houston Corner   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

James   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Manor Haven   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Milk Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Muscle Shoals   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Pride Landing   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Prides Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Three Forks   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

White House Springs   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Woodlawn Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [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 Richmond Hills. 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.

W.C. Handy     (William Christopher Handy)

Musician, composer. He was born in Florence (Alabama) on Sunday November 16, 1873 and died in New York (New York) on Friday March 28, 1958 at an age of 84. He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx County, New York) [Map].

Florence [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Richmond Hills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: W.C. Handy<7>

Helen Keller

Activist. She was born in Tuscumbia (Alabama) on Sunday June 27, 1880 and died in Easton (Connecticut) on Saturday June 1, 1968 at an age of 88.

Tuscumbia [Map] is located Less than 2 miles to the east of Richmond Hills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Helen Keller

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Richmond Hills. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Richmond Hills. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7279, Longitude: -87.7170     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Richmond Hills 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 Richmond Hills 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 angle) to Jerusalem is 314.305 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.181 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.413 degrees.

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<7>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:

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