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Ridgefield, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Montgomery [Map], which is the Seat of Montgomery County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies just to the Northwest (NW).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 686 miles [1,104 km] to the Northeast (NE). If you could drive a straight line from Ridgefield to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 39 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 27 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,584 miles [10,595.9 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 7,286 miles [11,725.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,165 miles [8,312.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ridgefield ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Ridgefield.

While the name Ridgefield is unique within Alabama, we know of another 14 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Fairfield County

Our profile page for Ridgefield, Fairfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 935 miles [1,504.7 km] to the Northeast


Fayette County

Our profile page for Ridgefield, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 121 miles [194.7 km] to the Northeast


McHenry County

Our profile page for Ridgefield, McHenry County   [Map]
Distance: About 694 miles [1,116.9 km] to the North


Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Ridgefield, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 709 miles [1,141 km] to the Northeast

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New Jersey

Bergen County

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

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North Carolina

Guilford County

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

Orange County

Our profile page for Ridgefield, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 481 miles [774.1 km] to the East Northeast

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North Dakota

Cavalier County

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

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Muskingum County

Our profile page for Ridgefield, Muskingum County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Muskingum County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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York County

Our profile page for Ridgefield, York County   [Map]
Distance: About 744 miles [1,197.4 km] to the Northeast

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Rutherford County

Our profile page for Ridgefield, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 243 miles [391.1 km] to the North

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Ridgefield, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 374 miles [601.9 km] to the Northeast

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Radford City

Our profile page for Ridgefield, Radford City   [Map]
Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the Northeast

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Clark County

Our profile page for Ridgefield, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,141 miles [3,445.6 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ridgefield ...

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.

Cloverdale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West of Ridgefield   [Map]
Executive Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Gay Meadows   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Georgetown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Green Acres   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Grove Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Lakeview Heights   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Lynndale   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Morningview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Rosemary   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Spring Valley   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Valley Whispers   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Wildwood   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Young Place   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [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 Ridgefield. 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.

James Anderson
  Actor. He was born in Wetumpka (Alabama) on Wednesday July 13, 1921 and died in Billings (Montana) on Sunday September 14, 1969 at an age of 48. He was buried at Valhalla Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Wetumpka [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Ridgefield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Anderson<9>
Oscar Gamble
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Ramer (Alabama) on Tueday December 20, 1949 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at an age of 68.

Ramer [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Ridgefield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble
Kevin Turner
  Professional football. He was born in Prattville (Alabama) on Thursday June 12, 1969 and died in Vestavia Hills (Alabama) on Thursday March 24, 2016 at an age of 46. He was buried at Prattville Memorial Gardens (Autauga County, Alabama) [Map].

Prattville [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Ridgefield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kevin Turner
Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler
  Daughter-in-law of John Tyler - after his wife Letitia died, Priscilla served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency. She was born in New York (New York) on Friday June 14, 1816 and died in Montgomery (Alabama) on Sunday December 29, 1889 at an age of 73. She was buried at Oakwood Cemetery (Montgomery County, Alabama) [Map].

Montgomery [Map] is located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the northwest of Ridgefield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Priscilla Tyler
William 'Lum' York
  Musician, comedian. He was born in Elmore (Alabama) on Saturday November 16, 1918 and died in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Sunday August 15, 2004 at an age of 85. He was buried at Greenoaks Memorial Park (East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Elmore [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the north of Ridgefield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William 'Lum' York

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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 from Ridgefield. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ridgefield) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgefield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3501, Longitude: -86.2547     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgefield 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 Ridgefield 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 313.274 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.661 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.326 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 (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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Ridgefield 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.

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<8>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 Ridgefield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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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