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Roxana, Alabama
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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Opelika [Map], which is the Seat of Lee County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Roxana to Opelika, 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 42 miles [67.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 645 miles [1,038 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,543 miles [10,529.9 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 7,245 miles [11,659.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,123 miles [8,244.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Roxana ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Roxana.

Within Alabama, there are 2 communities which are also named Roxana. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 8 communities in the United States - with 10 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Alabama

Communities outside of Alabama

Other Communities Located In Alabama

Chambers County

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

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Roxana, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 49 miles [78.9 km] to the Southwest

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Sussex County

Our profile page for Roxana, Sussex County   [Map]
Distance: About 712 miles [1,145.9 km] to the Northeast


Paulding County

Our profile page for Roxana, Paulding County   [Map]
Distance: About 104 miles [167.4 km] to the North Northeast


Madison County

Our profile page for Roxana, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the North Northwest


Letcher County

Our profile page for Roxana, Letcher County   [Map]
Distance: About 342 miles [550.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Rapides Parish

Our profile page for Roxana, Rapides Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 401 miles [645.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Eaton County

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

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Randolph County

Our profile page for Roxana, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the Northeast

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Logan County

Our profile page for Roxana, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Roxana ...

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.

Erie (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West of Roxana   [Map]
Gold Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
James   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jamesville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Jones Mill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Liberty City   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mary   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Ponders   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Reeltown   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Ridge Grove   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Slaughters (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Still Waters   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Walnut Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [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 Roxana. 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.

George Washington Carver
  Scientist, inventor. He was born in Diamond (Missouri) on Tueday July 12, 1864 and died in Tuskegee (Alabama) on Tueday January 5, 1943 at an age of 78.

Tuskegee [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Roxana

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George Washington Carver<8>
Hal Herring
  Professional football. He was born in Lanett (Alabama) on Sunday February 24, 1924 and died in Cumming (Georgia) on Sunday February 9, 2014 at an age of 90. He was buried at Sawnee View Gardens (Forsyth County, Georgia) [Map].

Lanett [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northeast of Roxana

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hal Herring

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roxana. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6871, Longitude: -85.6691     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roxana 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 Roxana 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 312.951 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.335 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.028 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 Roxana 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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