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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 Roland, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Roland and the surrounding area.

  • 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 Roland:
    • 31.134900, -85.437156
    • 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 Roland
  • 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 Roland ...

We have found sixteen communities that share the name Roland.

Within Alabama, the name Roland is unique.

Beyond Alabama, we know of another sixteen communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these sixteen communities, fifteen are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arkansas
      • Pulaski County
      • This Roland is located in Pulaski County and lies 484 miles [778.9 km]<1> to the northwest of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pulaski County community of Roland.
    • Georgia
      • Upson County
      • This Roland is located in Upson County and lies 133 miles [214 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Upson County community of Roland.
    • Idaho
      • Shoshone County
      • This Roland is located in Shoshone County and lies 1,947 miles [3,133.4 km]<1> to the northwest of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Shoshone County community of Roland.
    • Illinois
      • White County
      • This Roland is located in White County and lies 495 miles [796.6 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the White County community of Roland.
    • Indiana
      • Orange County
      • This Roland is located in Orange County and lies 519 miles [835.2 km]<1> to the north of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Orange County community of Roland.
    • Iowa
      • Story County
      • This Roland is located in Story County and lies 882 miles [1,419.4 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Story County community of Roland.
    • Kansas
      • Leavenworth County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Leavenworth County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Leavenworth County community of Roland.
      • Rush County
      • This community is historic and although located in Rush County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rush County community of Roland.
      • Sumner County
      • This Roland is located in Sumner County and lies 805 miles [1,295.5 km]<1> to the northwest of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sumner County community of Roland.
    • Manitoba
      • This Roland lies 1,416 miles [2,278.8 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
    • Minnesota
      • Red Lake County
      • This Roland is located in Red Lake County and lies 1,281 miles [2,061.6 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Red Lake County community of Roland.
    • Missouri
      • McDonald County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Missouri community of Roland [McDonald County].
    • Oklahoma
      • Sequoyah County
      • This Roland is located in Sequoyah County and lies 601 miles [967.2 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sequoyah County community of Roland.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Centre County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Pennsylvania community of Roland [Centre County].
    • South Carolina
      • Kershaw County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the South Carolina community of Roland [Kershaw County].
    • Texas
      • Collin County
      • This Roland is located in Collin County and lies 671 miles [1,079.9 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Roland that is located in Houston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Collin County community of Roland.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Roland ...

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.

  • Big Creek [Houston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Creek
    • Big Creek [Houston County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Roland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Big Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Creek
  • Chickasaw Heights [Houston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chickasaw Heights
    • Chickasaw Heights [Houston County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Roland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chickasaw Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chickasaw Heights
  • Clark Crossroads [Houston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clark Crossroads
    • Clark Crossroads [Houston County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Roland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clark Crossroads have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clark Crossroads
  • Cottondale [Houston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottondale
    • Cottondale [Houston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Roland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottondale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottondale
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    • Green Acres [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Acres
      • Green Acres [Houston County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Roland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Acres have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Acres
    • Jones Crossroads [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jones Crossroads
      • Jones Crossroads [Houston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Roland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jones Crossroads have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jones Crossroads
    • Melody Heights [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Melody Heights
      • Melody Heights [Houston County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Roland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Melody Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Melody Heights
    • Parish [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parish
      • Parish [Houston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Roland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Parish have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parish
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Parish<5>
    • Peterman [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peterman
      • Peterman [Houston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Roland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peterman have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peterman
    • Shady Heights [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shady Heights
      • Shady Heights [Houston County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Roland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shady Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shady Heights
    • Silver Meadows [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver Meadows
      • Silver Meadows [Houston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Roland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver Meadows have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Meadows
    • Stadium Place [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stadium Place
      • Stadium Place [Houston County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Roland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stadium Place have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stadium Place
    • Tabernacle [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tabernacle
      • Tabernacle [Houston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Roland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tabernacle have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tabernacle
    • Wiregrass Hills [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wiregrass Hills
      • Wiregrass Hills [Houston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Roland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wiregrass Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wiregrass Hills

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 Roland. 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.

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    • Faye Dunaway     (Oscar winning actress)
      • Oscar winning actress. She was born in Bascom (Florida) on Tueday January 14, 1941
      • Bascom is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Roland.
    • Dave Monroe Edwards     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Columbia (Alabama) on Thursday December 14, 1939 and died in Laguna Park (Texas) on Tueday December 6, 2016 at the age of 77.
      • Columbia is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast of Roland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dave Monroe Edwards<6>
    • Herman Hodges     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Ozark (Alabama) on Sunday November 22, 1914 and died in San Marcos (California) on Thursday April 6, 2000 at the age of 85. He is buried at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery (San Diego County, California).
      • Ozark is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Roland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herman Hodges<6>
    • Early Wynn     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Hartford (Alabama) on Tueday January 6, 1920 and died in Venice (Florida) on Sunday April 4, 1999 at the age of 79.
      • Hartford is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Roland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Early Wynn<6>
    • Albert Winsborough 'Bert' Yancey     (Professional golf)

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Roland and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Dothan, which is the Seat of Houston County and lies just to the North Northeast.
    • Montgomery, which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 99 miles [159.3 km]<1> to the north northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Roland to Montgomery, with an average speed<7>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 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 715 miles [1,150.7 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,606 miles [10,631.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,300 miles [11,748.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,182 miles [8,339.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Houston County: www.houstoncounty.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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Roland) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1349, Longitude: -85.4372       In this case, the coordinates for Roland have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Roland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<3>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Roland 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.
<4>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.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Roland to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 312.713 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.844 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.267 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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