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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Rudd once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Rudd to:

  • Anniston [Map], which is the Seat of Calhoun County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Rudd to Anniston, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 101 miles [162.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 604 miles [972 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 24 days and walking would take 35 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,500 miles [10,460.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,207 miles [11,598.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,084 miles [8,181.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Rudd ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Rudd.

While the name Rudd is unique within Alabama, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama


Carroll County

Our profile page for Rudd, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 460 miles [740.3 km] to the West Northwest


Floyd County

Our profile page for Rudd, Floyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 746 miles [1,200.6 km] to the North Northwest


Carlisle County

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

North Carolina

Guilford County

Our profile page for Rudd, Guilford County   [Map]
Distance: About 384 miles [618 km] to the East Northeast

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Snohomish County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rudd ...

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.

Angel   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast of Rudd   [Map]
Cedar Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Chigger Ridge (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Clark (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Crystal Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Duke   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Halls Chapel   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hebron (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hill Top (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Peaceburg   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Peek's Hill (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Post Oak   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Reads Mill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Sulphur Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Union   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [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 Rudd. 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.

Ethlyne Clair
  Actress. She was born in Talladega (Alabama) on Wednesday November 23, 1904 and died in Tarzana (California) on Tueday February 27, 1996 at an age of 91. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Talladega [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of Rudd

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ethlyne Clair<9>
Willie Smith
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Anniston (Alabama) on Saturday February 11, 1939 and died in Anniston (Alabama) on Wednesday January 18, 2006 at an age of 66.

Anniston [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Rudd

Anniston [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Rudd

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Rudd, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Rudd. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rudd) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rudd. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8029, Longitude: -85.8902     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rudd have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Rudd to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 313.146 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.714 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.869 degrees.

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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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Rudd 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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