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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Rock Ridge 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 Rock 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 Rock Ridge to:

  • Birmingham [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the West.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 83 miles [133.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Rock Ridge to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 650 miles [1,046.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,544 miles [10,531.5 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 7,252 miles [11,671 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,129 miles [8,254.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rock Ridge ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Rock Ridge.

While the name Rock Ridge is unique within Alabama, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Alabama

Colorado

Douglas County

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

Connecticut

Fairfield County

Our profile page for Rock Ridge, Fairfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 880 miles [1,416.2 km] to the Northeast

Florida

Polk County

Our profile page for Rock Ridge, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 457 miles [735.5 km] to the Southeast

Manitoba

Our profile page for Rock Ridge   [Map]
Distance: About 1,422 miles [2,288.5 km] to the North Northwest

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North Carolina

Wilson County

Our profile page for Rock Ridge, Wilson County   [Map]
Distance: About 509 miles [819.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rock 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.

Battleground   -   Less than 2 miles to the South of Rock Ridge   [Map]
Cherokee Bend   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Five Points East   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Holiday Gardens   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hunters Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Irondale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Liberty Highlands   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Moore Corner   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Mountain Forest   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Queenstown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rose Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Saddlebrook   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [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 Rock 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.

Mary Anderson
  Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday April 3, 1918 and died in Burbank (California) on Sunday April 6, 2014 at an age of 96. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Rock Ridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Anderson<8>
 
Mary Badham
  Oscar nominated actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 7, 1952

Birmingham [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Rock Ridge
 
Frances Westerman Bergen
  Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Thursday September 14, 1922 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday October 2, 2006 at an age of 84. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Rock Ridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frances Westerman Bergen
 
Nell Carter     (Born as Nell Ruth Hardy)
  Singer, actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Monday September 13, 1948 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Thursday January 23, 2003 at an age of 54. She was buried at Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Rock Ridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nell Carter
 
William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday October 4, 1914 and died in Santa Barbara (California) on Friday July 11, 1975 at an age of 60. He was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Rock Ridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge
 
Dennis Edwards
  Musician - a member of 'The Temptations'. He was born in Fairfield (Alabama) on Wednesday February 3, 1943 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday February 2, 2018 at an age of 75.

Fairfield [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Rock Ridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dennis Edwards
 
Louise Fletcher     (Estelle Louise Fletcher)
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday July 22, 1934

Birmingham [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Rock Ridge
 
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.

Birmingham [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Rock Ridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Gamble
 
Tod Griffin     (Born as Arthur Griffin)
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday January 15, 1919 and died in Bishop (California) on Tueday April 23, 2002 at an age of 83.

Birmingham [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Rock Ridge
 
Wayne Rogers
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Friday April 7, 1933 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday December 31, 2015 at an age of 82. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Rock Ridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wayne Rogers
 
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].

Vestavia Hills [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest of Rock Ridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kevin Turner
 
Harry William 'Harry the Hat' Walker
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pascagoula (Mississippi) on Sunday September 22, 1918 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday August 8, 1999 at an age of 80. He was buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery (Saint Clair County, Alabama) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Rock Ridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry William 'Harry the Hat' Walker

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Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5493, Longitude: -86.6528     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock 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 Rock 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 313.588 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.19 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.23 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 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 Rock 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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