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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Rock Spring 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 Rock Spring 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 Spring to:

  • Gadsden [Map], which is the Seat of Etowah County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 109 miles [175.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Rock Spring to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>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 [Map]) is 599 miles [964 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 34 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,494 miles [10,451.1 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 7,202 miles [11,590.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,079 miles [8,173.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rock Spring ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Rock Spring.

While the name Rock Spring is unique within Alabama, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama


Clayton County

Our profile page for Rock Spring, Clayton County   [Map]
Distance: About 91 miles [146.5 km] to the East Southeast

Walker County

Our profile page for Rock Spring, Walker County   [Map]
Distance: About 72 miles [115.9 km] to the North Northeast


Ellsworth County

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

Saline County

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

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Webster County

Our profile page for Rock Spring, Webster County   [Map]
Distance: About 269 miles [432.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Harford County

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

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Washington County

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

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Pitt County

Our profile page for Rock Spring, Pitt County   [Map]
Distance: About 493 miles [793.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rock Spring ...

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.

Crystal Springs   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South of Rock Spring   [Map]
Duke   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Fowler Ferry   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Gilberts Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Goodyear   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hokes Bluff   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hokes Bluff Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Irene (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Keysburg   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Millie (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Oak Grove (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Peek's Hill (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Pilgrims Rest   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Reads Mill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] 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 Spring. 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.

Willie Smith
  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 an age of 66.

Anniston [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Rock Spring

Anniston [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Rock Spring

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Spring. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9368, Longitude: -85.9105     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock Spring 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 Spring 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 313.165 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.755 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.847 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 Spring 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:

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