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Ripley, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Athens [Map], which is the Seat of Limestone County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Ripley to Athens, with an average speed<2> 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 173 miles [278.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 625 miles [1,005.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,505 miles [10,468.8 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 7,220 miles [11,619.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,095 miles [8,199.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ripley ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Ripley.

While the name Ripley is unique within Alabama, we know of another 21 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Cleveland County

Our profile page for Ripley, Cleveland County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 290 miles [466.7 km] to the West


Riverside County

Our profile page for Ripley, Riverside County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,570 miles [2,526.7 km] to the West


Twiggs County

Our profile page for Ripley, Twiggs County   [Map]
Distance: About 254 miles [408.8 km] to the East Southeast


Brown County

Our profile page for Ripley, Brown County   [Map]
Distance: About 411 miles [661.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Noble County

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

Pulaski County

Our profile page for Ripley, Pulaski County   [Map]
Distance: About 438 miles [704.9 km] to the North

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Somerset County

Our profile page for Ripley, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,171 miles [1,884.5 km] to the Northeast

Washington County

Our profile page for Ripley, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,223 miles [1,968.2 km] to the Northeast

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Charles County

Our profile page for Ripley, Charles County   [Map]
Distance: About 614 miles [988.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Houghton County

Our profile page for Ripley, Houghton County   [Map]
Distance: About 856 miles [1,377.6 km] to the North

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Tippah County

Our profile page for Ripley, Tippah County   [Map]
Distance: About 103 miles [165.8 km] to the West

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Jackson County

Our profile page for Ripley, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the Northwest

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Ripley, Lincoln County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,724 miles [2,774.5 km] to the Northwest

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Clark County

Our profile page for Ripley, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,601 miles [2,576.6 km] to the West

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Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Ripley, Chautauqua County   [Map]
Distance: About 654 miles [1,052.5 km] to the Northeast

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Brown County

Our profile page for Ripley, Brown County   [Map]
Distance: About 329 miles [529.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Payne County

Our profile page for Ripley, Payne County   [Map]
Distance: About 557 miles [896.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Our profile page for Ripley   [Map]
Distance: About 707 miles [1,137.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Ripley, Lauderdale County   [Map]
Distance: About 151 miles [243 km] to the West Northwest

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Titus County

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

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West Virginia

Jackson County

Our profile page for Ripley, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 409 miles [658.2 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ripley ...

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.

Cave Spring   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Ripley   [Map]
Elk Shores   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Farmview   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Flower Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Green Hills   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Hickory Hills   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Lakeview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lawngate   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Paradise Shores   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Poplar Creek   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Poplar Point   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Shanghai   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Shoemaker Springs (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [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 Ripley. 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.

Tallulah Bankhead     (Tallulah Brockman Bankhead)
  Actress. She was born in Huntsville (Alabama) on Friday January 31, 1902 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday December 12, 1968 at an age of 66.

Huntsville [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Ripley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tallulah Bankhead<9>
Harry Rhett Townes
  Actor, Episcopal priest. He was born in Huntsville (Alabama) on Friday September 18, 1914 and died in Huntsville (Alabama) on Wednesday May 23, 2001 at an age of 86. He was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (Madison County, Alabama) [Map].

Huntsville [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Ripley

Huntsville [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Ripley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Rhett Townes

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ripley. 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 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Ripley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ripley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ripley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7620, Longitude: -87.1208     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ripley 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 Ripley 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 313.941 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.765 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.156 degrees.

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<7>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 Ripley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 (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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Ripley 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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<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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ripley.


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