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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Scottsboro [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies 27 miles [43.5 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Rocky Springs to Scottsboro, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 180 miles [289.7 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 552 miles [888.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 22 days and walking would take 32 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,440 miles [10,364.2 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 7,151 miles [11,508.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,027 miles [8,090.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rocky Springs ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Rocky Springs.

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

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Cherokee County

Our profile page for Rocky Springs, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 93 miles [149.7 km] to the Southeast


Frederick County

Our profile page for Rocky Springs, Frederick County   [Map]
Distance: About 551 miles [886.7 km] to the Northeast


Claiborne County

Our profile page for Rocky Springs, Claiborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 352 miles [566.5 km] to the West Southwest


Chouteau County

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

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Alexander County

Our profile page for Rocky Springs, Alexander County   [Map]
Distance: About 270 miles [434.5 km] to the East Northeast

Rockingham County

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

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Sullivan County

Our profile page for Rocky Springs, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 215 miles [346 km] to the East Northeast

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Angelina County

Our profile page for Rocky Springs, Angelina County   [Map]
Distance: About 569 miles [915.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rocky Springs ...

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.

Copenhagen (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast of Rocky Springs   [Map]
Edgefield   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Grahams Ferry (TN)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Island Creek Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Long Island   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Richard City (TN)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rudders Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Summer Bluff   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Sweetens Cove (TN)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Widows Creek Station   -   2 miles [3.2 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 Rocky Springs. 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.

Cal Ermer     (Calvin Coolidge Ermer)
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Baltimore (Maryland) on Saturday November 10, 1923 and died in Chattanooga (Tennessee) on Saturday August 8, 2009 at an age of 85. He was buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery (Hamilton County, Tennessee) [Map].

Chattanooga [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Rocky Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cal Ermer<8>
Dinah Shore     (Born as Fannye Rose Shore)
  Singer, actress. She was born in Winchester (Tennessee) on Tueday February 29, 1916 (which is Leap Day) and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Thursday February 24, 1994 at an age of 78. She was buried at Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Winchester [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Rocky Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dinah Shore
Bessie Smith
  Musician. She was born in Chattanooga (Tennessee) on Sunday April 15, 1894 and died in Clarksdale (Mississippi) on Sunday September 26, 1937 at an age of 43. She was buried at Mt. Lawn Cemetery (Delaware County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Chattanooga [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Rocky Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bessie Smith

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9579, Longitude: -85.7533     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rocky Springs 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 Rocky Springs 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 313.118 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.843 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.545 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 Rocky Springs 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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