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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Columbiana [Map], which is the Seat of Shelby County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Royal Oaks 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 four to five hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 72 miles [115.9 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 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 667 miles [1,073.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,561 miles [10,558.9 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 7,269 miles [11,698.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,146 miles [8,281.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Royal Oaks ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Royal Oaks.

While the name Royal Oaks is unique within Alabama, we know of another 14 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alabama

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California

Los Angeles County

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

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 460 miles [740.3 km] to the Southeast

Georgia

DeKalb County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, DeKalb County   [Map]
Distance: About 151 miles [243 km] to the East

Indiana

Allen County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 546 miles [878.7 km] to the North

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North Carolina

Cabarrus County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Cabarrus County   [Map]
Distance: About 383 miles [616.4 km] to the East Northeast

Lee County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 458 miles [737.1 km] to the East Northeast

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South Carolina

Darlington County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Darlington County   [Map]
Distance: About 403 miles [648.6 km] to the East

Greenville County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Greenville County   [Map]
Distance: About 272 miles [437.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Tennessee

Coffee County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Coffee County   [Map]
Distance: About 152 miles [244.6 km] to the North Northeast

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 150 miles [241.4 km] to the Northeast

Maury County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 159 miles [255.9 km] to the North

Williamson County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Williamson County   [Map]
Distance: About 179 miles [288.1 km] to the North

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Texas

Harris County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Harris County   [Map]
Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Royal Oaks, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,473 miles [2,370.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Royal Oaks ...

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.

Chapel Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Royal Oaks   [Map]
Dearing Downs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Eden Ridge   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Fox Haven   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Fungo Hollow   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hardy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Helena   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
High Point   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Hoover   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Hunters Glen (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Indian Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Indian Springs Ranch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Indian Springs Village   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Ivy Chase   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Keystone   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Kingwood   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Mallard Point   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mars Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Navajo Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Paramount   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Polo Trace   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Quail Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Rolling Ridge   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Roy Ford   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Shades Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Shadywood   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Sky Ranch   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Valley Station   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Weeping Oaks   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Whispering Oaks   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Royal Oaks. 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.

Mary Anderson
  Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Wednesday April 3, 1918 and died in Burbank (California) on Sunday April 6, 2014 at an age of 96. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Royal Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Anderson<8>
 
Mary Badham
  Oscar nominated actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 7, 1952

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Royal Oaks
 
Frances Westerman Bergen
  Actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Thursday September 14, 1922 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday October 2, 2006 at an age of 84. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Royal Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frances Westerman Bergen
 
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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Royal Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nell Carter
 
William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge
  Actor. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday October 4, 1914 and died in Santa Barbara (California) on Friday July 11, 1975 at an age of 60. He was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California) [Map].

Birmingham [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Royal Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Joseph 'Bill' Cartridge
 
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 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest of Royal Oaks

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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Royal Oaks
 
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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Royal Oaks

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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Royal Oaks
 
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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Royal Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wayne Rogers
 
George 'Mule' Suttles
  Negro League Baseball. He was born in Blockton Junc (Alabama) on Saturday March 31, 1900 and died in Newark (New Jersey) on Saturday July 9, 1966 at an age of 66. He was buried at Glendale Cemetery (Essex County, New Jersey) [Map].

Blockton Junc [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Royal Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George 'Mule' Suttles
 
Kevin Turner
  Professional football. He was born in Prattville (Alabama) on Thursday June 12, 1969 and died in Vestavia Hills (Alabama) on Thursday March 24, 2016 at an age of 46. He was buried at Prattville Memorial Gardens (Autauga County, Alabama) [Map].

Vestavia Hills [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northeast of Royal Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kevin Turner
 
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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Royal Oaks

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

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Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Royal Oaks. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3293, Longitude: -86.8214     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Royal Oaks 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 Royal Oaks 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 313.676 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.261 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.344 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 Royal Oaks 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: findagrave.com.

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