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Rutan, Alabama

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The location of Rutan

Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Chatom [Map], which is the Seat of Washington County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 128 miles [206 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Rutan to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 47 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,709 miles [10,797.1 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 7,414 miles [11,931.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,291 miles [8,515 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rutan ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Rutan.

While the name Rutan is unique within Alabama, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alabama


Greene County

Our profile page for Rutan, Greene County   [Map]

Distance: About 730 miles [1,174.8 km] to the North Northeast.


Our profile page for Rutan   [Map]

Distance: About 1,675 miles [2,695.7 km] to the North Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rutan ...

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.

Ballfield Landing   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast of Rutan   [Map]

Carpenter   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Carson   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Four Point   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Frankville   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Fruitdale   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

German Ford   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Jordan   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Leroy   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Oil Well Landing   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Seaboard   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Sunflower   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Uniform   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Yellow Pine   -   14 miles [22.5 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 Rutan. 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.

Wilmer David 'Vinegar Bend' Mizell

Major League Baseball. He was born in Vinegar Bend (Alabama) on Wednesday August 13, 1930 and died in Kerrville (Texas) on Sunday February 21, 1999 at an age of 68.

Vinegar Bend [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Rutan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wilmer David 'Vinegar Bend' Mizell<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rutan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4396, Longitude: -88.1895     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rutan 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 Rutan 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 314.349 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.782 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.251 degrees.

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<7>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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