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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Ryan to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Ryan to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Columbiana [Map], which is the Seat of Shelby County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Ryan 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 63 miles [101.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 675 miles [1,086.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,571 miles [10,575 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 7,278 miles [11,712.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,155 miles [8,296.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ryan ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Ryan.

While the name Ryan is unique within Alabama, we know of another 23 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Alabama

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Arizona

Coconino County

Our profile page for Ryan, Coconino County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,458 miles [2,346.4 km] to the West Northwest

Arkansas

Lonoke County

Our profile page for Ryan, Lonoke County   [Map]
Distance: About 299 miles [481.2 km] to the West Northwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Ryan   [Map]
Distance: About 1,855 miles [2,985.3 km] to the Northwest

California

Inyo County

Our profile page for Ryan, Inyo County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,698 miles [2,732.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Vermilion County

Our profile page for Ryan, Vermilion County   [Map]
Distance: About 478 miles [769.3 km] to the North

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Iowa

Delaware County

Our profile page for Ryan, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 682 miles [1,097.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Kansas

Doniphan County

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

Ford County

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

Rush County

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

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Kentucky

Fleming County

Our profile page for Ryan, Fleming County   [Map]
Distance: About 406 miles [653.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Michigan

Midland County

Our profile page for Ryan, Midland County   [Map]
Distance: About 724 miles [1,165.2 km] to the North

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Minnesota

Goodhue County

Our profile page for Ryan, Goodhue County   [Map]
Distance: About 837 miles [1,347 km] to the North Northwest

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Nevada

Mineral County

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

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North Carolina

Robeson County

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

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Ohio

Lucas County

Our profile page for Ryan, Lucas County   [Map]
Distance: About 613 miles [986.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Oklahoma

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Ryan, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 640 miles [1,030 km] to the West

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Ontario

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

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Texas

McLennan County

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

Presidio County

Our profile page for Ryan, Presidio County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,039 miles [1,672.1 km] to the West

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Virginia

Loudoun County

Our profile page for Ryan, Loudoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 660 miles [1,062.2 km] to the Northeast

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Washington

Stevens County

Our profile page for Ryan, Stevens County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,926 miles [3,099.6 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Roane County

Our profile page for Ryan, Roane County   [Map]
Distance: About 483 miles [777.3 km] to the Northeast

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Wisconsin

Kewaunee County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ryan ...

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.

Alabaster   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North of Ryan   [Map]
Dry Valley   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Elliotsville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Glen Carbon   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Glen Forest   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Ivanhoe   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Longview   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Meadow Green   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Mission Hills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Navajo Hills   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Navajo Pines   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Pea Ridge   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Roberta   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sawmill Town   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Stems   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Superior   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Valley Junction   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Willow Glen   -   2 miles [3.2 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 Ryan. 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 Badham
  Oscar nominated actress. She was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 7, 1952

Birmingham [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Ryan
 
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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Ryan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nell Carter<9>
 
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 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Ryan

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Ryan
 
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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Ryan

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Ryan
 
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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Ryan

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 16 miles [25.7 km] to the west of Ryan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George 'Mule' Suttles
 
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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Ryan

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

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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ryan. 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 that stretches from Ryan. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ryan) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ryan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1679, Longitude: -86.8667     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ryan 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 Ryan 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 313.693 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.258 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.396 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 Ryan, 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 Ryan 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ryan.



 
 
 

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