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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Rock Spring, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Rock Spring and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Rock Spring:
    • 33.936766, -85.910525
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Rock Spring
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Rock Spring ...

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

Within Alabama, the name Rock Spring is unique.

Beyond Alabama, we know of another eight communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Georgia
      • Clayton County
      • This Rock Spring is located in Clayton County and lies 91 miles [146.5 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Rock Spring that is located in Etowah County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Spring
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clayton County community of Rock Spring.
      • Walker County
      • This Rock Spring is located in Walker County and lies 72 miles [115.9 km] to the north northeast of the Rock Spring that is located in Etowah County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Spring
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Walker County community of Rock Spring.
    • Kansas
      • Ellsworth County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Rock Spring [Ellsworth County].
      • Saline County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Rock Spring [Saline County].
    • Kentucky
      • Webster County
      • This Rock Spring is located in Webster County and lies 269 miles [432.9 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Rock Spring that is located in Etowah County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Spring
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Webster County community of Rock Spring.
    • Maryland
      • Harford County
      • This Rock Spring is located in Harford County and lies 654 miles [1,052.5 km]<1> to the northeast of the Rock Spring that is located in Etowah County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Spring
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Harford County community of Rock Spring.
    • Missouri
      • Washington County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Missouri community of Rock Spring [Washington County].
    • North Carolina
      • Pitt County
      • This Rock Spring is located in Pitt County and lies 493 miles [793.4 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Rock Spring that is located in Etowah County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Spring
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pitt County community of Rock Spring.

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 wonder 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 [Calhoun County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crystal Springs
    • Crystal Springs [Calhoun County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Rock Spring
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crystal Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crystal Springs
  • Duke [Calhoun County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Duke
    • Duke [Calhoun County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Rock Spring
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Duke have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Duke
  • Fowler Ferry [Etowah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fowler Ferry
    • Fowler Ferry [Etowah County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Rock Spring
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fowler Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fowler Ferry
  • Gilberts Ferry [Etowah County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gilberts Ferry
    • Gilberts Ferry [Etowah County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Rock Spring
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gilberts Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilberts Ferry
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    • Goodyear [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodyear
      • Goodyear [Etowah County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Rock Spring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goodyear have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodyear
    • Hokes Bluff [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hokes Bluff
      • Hokes Bluff [Etowah County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Rock Spring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hokes Bluff have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,257 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hokes Bluff
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hokes Bluff<4>
    • Hokes Bluff Ferry [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hokes Bluff Ferry
      • Hokes Bluff Ferry [Etowah County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Rock Spring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hokes Bluff Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hokes Bluff Ferry
    • Irene [Calhoun County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irene
      • Irene [Calhoun County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Rock Spring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irene have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Keysburg [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keysburg
      • Keysburg [Etowah County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Rock Spring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keysburg have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keysburg
    • Millie [Calhoun County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Millie
      • Millie [Calhoun County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Rock Spring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Millie have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Oak Grove [Calhoun County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Grove
      • Oak Grove [Calhoun County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Rock Spring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Peek's Hill [Calhoun County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peek's Hill
      • Peek's Hill [Calhoun County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Rock Spring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peek's Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Pilgrims Rest [Etowah County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pilgrims Rest
      • Pilgrims Rest [Etowah County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Rock Spring
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pilgrims Rest
    • Reads Mill [Calhoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reads Mill
      • Reads Mill [Calhoun County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Rock Spring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reads Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reads Mill

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.

  • View Our List ...
    • M.L. Brackett     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Attalla (Alabama) on Tueday July 4, 1933 and died in Gadsden (Alabama) on Tueday June 30, 2015 at the age of 81. He is buried at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery (Etowah County, Alabama).
      • Attalla is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the west of Rock Spring.
      • Gadsden is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest of Rock Spring.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: M.L. Brackett<5>
    • Hershell Baskin Freeman, Jr.     (Professional baseball)
    • Willie Smith     (Major League Baseball)
      • 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 the age of 66.
      • Anniston is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Rock Spring.
      • Anniston is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Rock Spring.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith<5>

How Far From Rock Spring to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs 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 beginning in Rock Spring and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Gadsden, which is the Seat of Etowah County and lies just to the Northwest.
    • Montgomery, which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 109 miles [175.4 km]<1> to the south southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Rock Spring to Montgomery, with an average speed<6>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) 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<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,494 miles [10,451.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,202 miles [11,590.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,079 miles [8,173.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Spring. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9368, Longitude: -85.9105       In this case, the coordinates for Rock Spring have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.165 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.755 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.847 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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