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A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Roebuck, Alabama
(Shelby County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Columbiana [Map], which is the Seat of Shelby County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Roebuck to Columbiana, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 73 miles [117.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,566 miles [10,567 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 7,274 miles [11,706.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,150 miles [8,288.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Roebuck ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Roebuck.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Roebuck. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 5 communities in the United States and Canada - with 5 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


Leflore County

Our profile page for Roebuck, Leflore County   [Map]
Distance: About 194 miles [312.2 km] to the West

New Mexico

Roosevelt County

Our profile page for Roebuck, Roosevelt County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Roosevelt County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Our profile page for Roebuck   [Map]
Distance: About 997 miles [1,604.5 km] to the North Northeast

South Carolina

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Roebuck, Spartanburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 301 miles [484.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Washington County

Our profile page for Roebuck, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 361 miles [581 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Roebuck ...

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.

Alabaster   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast of Roebuck   [Map]
Chestnut Glen   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Dearing Downs   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Fox Haven   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Hardy   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Helena   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
High Point   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Keystone   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Kingwood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Navajo Hills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Navajo Pines   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Paramount   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Roy Ford   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Shades Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Shadywood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Weeping Oaks   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Whispering Oaks   -   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 Roebuck. 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.

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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Roebuck

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nell Carter<8>
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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Roebuck

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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Roebuck
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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Roebuck

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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Roebuck
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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Roebuck

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wayne Rogers
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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Roebuck

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roebuck. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2773, Longitude: -86.8725     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roebuck 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 Roebuck 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 313.703 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.285 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.376 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Roebuck, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Roebuck.


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