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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 Ricks, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Ricks 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 Ricks:
    • 34.058988, -85.683575
    • 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 Ricks
  • 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ricks ...

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.

  • Ballplay [Etowah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ballplay
    • Ballplay [Etowah County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Ricks
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ballplay
  • Centre [Cherokee County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Centre
    • Centre [Cherokee County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Ricks
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Centre have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Estimated population in 2019: 3,542 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Centre
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Centre<3>
  • Dixon Shop [Cherokee County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dixon Shop
    • Dixon Shop [Cherokee County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Ricks
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dixon Shop have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dixon Shop
  • Frog Mountain [Cherokee County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frog Mountain
    • Frog Mountain [Cherokee County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Ricks
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frog Mountain have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frog Mountain
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    • Gnatville [Cherokee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gnatville
      • Gnatville [Cherokee County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Ricks
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gnatville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gnatville
    • Maple Grove [Cherokee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maple Grove
      • Maple Grove [Cherokee County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Ricks
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maple Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maple Grove
    • Noah [Cherokee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Noah
      • Noah [Cherokee County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Ricks
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Noah have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Noah
    • Pope [Cherokee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pope
      • Pope [Cherokee County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Ricks
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pope have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pope
    • Tucker Crossroads [Cherokee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tucker Crossroads
      • Tucker Crossroads [Cherokee County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Ricks
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tucker Crossroads
    • Turkey Town [Cherokee County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Turkey Town
      • Turkey Town [Cherokee County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Ricks
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Turkey Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Wood Ferry [Cherokee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wood Ferry
      • Wood Ferry [Cherokee County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Ricks
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wood Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wood Ferry

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 Ricks. 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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    • Rev. Joseph Everhart Boone     (Activist)
      • Activist. He was born in Cedartown (Georgia) on Tueday September 19, 1922 and died in Atlanta (Georgia) on Saturday July 15, 2006 at the age of 83. He is buried at Lincoln Cemetery (Fulton County, Georgia).
      • Cedartown is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Ricks.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rev. Joseph Everhart Boone<4>
    • 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 23 miles [37 km] to the west of Ricks.
      • Gadsden is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Ricks.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: M.L. Brackett<4>
    • Hershell Baskin Freeman, Jr.     (Professional baseball)
    • Philip Ober     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Fort Payne (Alabama) on Sunday March 23, 1902 and died in Mexico City (Mexico) on Monday September 13, 1982 at the age of 80.
      • Fort Payne is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Ricks.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Philip Ober<4>
    • Willie Smith     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Anniston (Alabama) on Saturday February 11, 1939 and died in Anniston (Alabama) on Wednesday January 18, 2006 at the age of 66.
      • Anniston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Ricks.
      • Anniston is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Ricks.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith<4>
    • Katherine Stinson     (Aviation pioneer)
      • Aviation pioneer. She was born in Fort Payne (Alabama) on Saturday February 14, 1891 and died in Santa Fe (New Mexico) on Friday July 8, 1977 at the age of 86. She is buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery (Santa Fe County, New Mexico).
      • Fort Payne is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Ricks.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Katherine Stinson<4>

How Far From Ricks 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 Ricks 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 Ricks once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Ricks and extending to:

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    • Centre, which is the Seat of Cherokee County and lies just to the North.
    • Montgomery, which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 121 miles [194.7 km]<1> to the south southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Ricks 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 584 miles [939.9 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 23 days and walking would take 34 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,479 miles [10,426.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,187 miles [11,566.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,063 miles [8,148.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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- Ricks) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ricks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0590, Longitude: -85.6836       In this case, the coordinates for Ricks have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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 Ricks, 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 Ricks 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 313.035 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.623 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.728 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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