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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Troy [Map], which is the Seat of Pike County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 38 miles [61.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from River Ridge to Montgomery, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 702 miles [1,129.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 40 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,599 miles [10,620.1 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 7,298 miles [11,745 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,178 miles [8,333.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named River Ridge ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name River Ridge.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named River Ridge. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 6 communities in the United States - with 7 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Alabama

Communities outside of Alabama


Communities Outside of Alabama

Georgia

Floyd County

Our profile page for River Ridge, Floyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 172 miles [276.8 km] to the North Northeast

Illinois

Kendall County

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

Indiana

Clark County

Our profile page for River Ridge, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 452 miles [727.4 km] to the North

Kentucky

Harlan County

Our profile page for River Ridge, Harlan County   [Map]
Distance: About 384 miles [618 km] to the North Northeast

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Louisiana

Jefferson Parish

Our profile page for River Ridge, Jefferson Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 279 miles [449 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for River Ridge, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,557 miles [2,505.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near River Ridge ...

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.

Allred   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South of River Ridge   [Map]
College Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Forest Circle   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Friendship   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Good Hope   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Green Oaks   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Heritage Ridge   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Lees Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Meadow Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Mountainbrook   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Shellhorn   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Trojan Terrace   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Youngblood   -   3 miles [4.8 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 River Ridge. 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.

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 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest of River Ridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in River Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8257, Longitude: -86.0222     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for River Ridge 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 River Ridge 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 313.101 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.389 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.345 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 River Ridge 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>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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for River Ridge.