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Roland, Alabama

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Dothan [Map], which is the Seat of Houston County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 99 miles [159.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Roland to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>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 [Map]) 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,606 miles [10,631.3 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 7,300 miles [11,748.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,182 miles [8,339.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Roland ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Roland.

While the name Roland is unique within Alabama, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Pulaski County

Our profile page for Roland, Pulaski County   [Map]
Distance: About 484 miles [778.9 km] to the Northwest


Upson County

Our profile page for Roland, Upson County   [Map]
Distance: About 133 miles [214 km] to the North Northeast


Shoshone County

Our profile page for Roland, Shoshone County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,947 miles [3,133.4 km] to the Northwest


White County

Our profile page for Roland, White County   [Map]
Distance: About 495 miles [796.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Orange County

Our profile page for Roland, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 519 miles [835.2 km] to the North

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Story County

Our profile page for Roland, Story County   [Map]
Distance: About 882 miles [1,419.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Leavenworth County

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

Rush County

Our profile page for Roland, Rush County
This community is historic.
Although located in Rush County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Sumner County

Our profile page for Roland, Sumner County   [Map]
Distance: About 805 miles [1,295.5 km] to the Northwest

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Our profile page for Roland   [Map]
Distance: About 1,416 miles [2,278.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Red Lake County

Our profile page for Roland, Red Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,281 miles [2,061.6 km] to the North Northwest

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McDonald County

Our profile page for Roland, McDonald County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in McDonald County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Sequoyah County

Our profile page for Roland, Sequoyah County   [Map]
Distance: About 601 miles [967.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Centre County

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

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Kershaw County

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

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Collin County

Our profile page for Roland, Collin County   [Map]
Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the West Northwest

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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 talk 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   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South of Roland   [Map]
Chickasaw Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Clark Crossroads   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Cottondale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Green Acres   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Jones Crossroads   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Melody Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Parish   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Peterman   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Shady Heights   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Silver Meadows   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Stadium Place   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Tabernacle   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Wiregrass Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [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 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.

Faye Dunaway
  Oscar winning actress. She was born in Bascom (Florida) on Tueday January 14, 1941

Bascom [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Roland
Dave Monroe Edwards
  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 an age of 77.

Columbia [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast of Roland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dave Monroe Edwards<9>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1349, Longitude: -85.4372     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roland 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 Roland 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 312.713 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.844 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.267 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 Roland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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.

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<9>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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