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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Dubuque [Map], which is the Seat of Dubuque County, lies just to the North.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 162 miles [260.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Rockdale to Des Moines, 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 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 754 miles [1,213.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 43 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,263 miles [10,079.3 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 7,008 miles [11,278.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,900 miles [7,885.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rockdale ...

We have found 36 communities that share the name Rockdale.

While the name Rockdale is unique within Iowa, we know of another 36 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 660 miles [1,062.2 km] to the South Southeast

Randolph County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the South Southeast

Colorado

Chaffee County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Chaffee County   [Map]
Distance: About 856 miles [1,377.6 km] to the West

Fremont County

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

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Florida

Miami-Dade County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Miami-Dade County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,301 miles [2,093.8 km] to the South Southeast

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Georgia

Fulton County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the South Southeast

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Illinois

Will County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Will County   [Map]
Distance: About 147 miles [236.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Indiana

Franklin County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 373 miles [600.3 km] to the Southeast

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Kentucky

Boyd County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Boyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 503 miles [809.5 km] to the East Southeast

Owen County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Owen County   [Map]
Distance: About 421 miles [677.5 km] to the Southeast

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Maryland

Washington County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 693 miles [1,115.3 km] to the East Southeast

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Massachusetts

Berkshire County

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

Bristol County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Bristol County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,010 miles [1,625.4 km] to the East

Norfolk County

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

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Missouri

Camden County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Camden County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Camden County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New York

Chenango County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Chenango County   [Map]
Distance: About 777 miles [1,250.5 km] to the East

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North Carolina

Cleveland County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Cleveland County   [Map]
Distance: About 688 miles [1,107.2 km] to the Southeast

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Rockdale   [Map]
Distance: About 1,490 miles [2,397.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Butler County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 385 miles [619.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Ontario

Our profile page for Rockdale   [Map]
Distance: About 659 miles [1,060.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Bucks County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Bucks County   [Map]
Distance: About 834 miles [1,342.2 km] to the East

Butler County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the East

Delaware County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 810 miles [1,303.6 km] to the East

Franklin County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 691 miles [1,112.1 km] to the East

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 615 miles [989.7 km] to the East

Lackawanna County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Lackawanna County   [Map]
Distance: About 777 miles [1,250.5 km] to the East

Lehigh County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Lehigh County   [Map]
Distance: About 788 miles [1,268.2 km] to the East

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Tennessee

Maury County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 516 miles [830.4 km] to the South Southeast

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 495 miles [796.6 km] to the South Southeast

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Texas

Hopkins County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Hopkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 699 miles [1,124.9 km] to the South Southwest

Milam County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Milam County   [Map]
Distance: About 887 miles [1,427.5 km] to the South Southwest

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Rockdale, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,531 miles [2,463.9 km] to the West Northwest

Lincoln County

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

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West Virginia

Brooke County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Brooke County   [Map]
Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Wisconsin

Dane County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Dane County   [Map]
Distance: About 90 miles [144.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Wyoming

Carbon County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rockdale ...

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.

Budd   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest of Rockdale   [Map]
Cathedral Square   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Eagle Point   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Fair Play (WI)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
King   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lore   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Prairie Corners (WI)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rose   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Sageville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Sandy Hook (WI)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Twin Springs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [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 Rockdale. 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.

Dick Hoerner     (Born as Lester Junior Hoerner)
  Professional football. He was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1922 and died in Fullerton (California) on Saturday December 11, 2010 at an age of 88. He was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Dubuque [Map] is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the north of Rockdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dick Hoerner<9>

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About Dubuque County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dubuque County: www.dubuquecounty.org/

The official website for State of Iowa: www.iowa.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rockdale. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rockdale

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockdale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4625, Longitude: -90.6781     [Map].

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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 Rockdale 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 316.485 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.752 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.937 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 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 Rockdale 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>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 Rockdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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