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Rocky Ford, Kansas
(Riley County)

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The location of Rocky Ford

Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Rocky Ford, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Rocky Ford and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Rocky Ford and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Rocky Ford. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Rocky Ford.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Riley County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Riley County sighting report from eBird.

Since Rocky Ford is near Pottawatomie County and also Wabaunsee County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Pottawatomie County

Sighting report for Wabaunsee County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Rocky Ford.

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

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

  • Manhattan [Map], which is the Seat of Riley County, lies just to the South.
  • Topeka [Map], which is the State Capital of Kansas, lies 50 miles [80.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could walk a straight line from Rocky Ford to Topeka, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,046 miles [1,683.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 60 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,634 miles [10,676.4 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 7,383 miles [11,881.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,278 miles [8,494.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rocky Ford ...

We have found 30 communities that share the name Rocky Ford.

Within Kansas, there are 3 communities which are also named Rocky Ford. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 27 communities in the United States - with 30 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Kansas

Communities outside of Kansas

Other Communities Located In Kansas

Clay County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Clay County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Clay County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Greenwood County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Greenwood County   [Map]

Distance: About 102 miles [164.2 km] to the South Southeast.

Wabaunsee County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Wabaunsee County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Wabaunsee County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Communities Outside of Kansas

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Greene County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Greene County   [Map]

Distance: About 664 miles [1,068.6 km] to the Southeast.


Madison County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Madison County   [Map]

Distance: About 262 miles [421.6 km] to the Southeast.

Marion County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Marion County   [Map]

Distance: About 313 miles [503.7 km] to the Southeast.

Perry County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Perry County   [Map]

Distance: About 356 miles [572.9 km] to the Southeast.

Randolph County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 375 miles [603.5 km] to the East Southeast.


Otero County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Otero County   [Map]

Distance: About 392 miles [630.9 km] to the West.


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,115 miles [1,794.4 km] to the Southeast.


Screven County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Screven County   [Map]

Distance: About 939 miles [1,511.2 km] to the East Southeast.


Cumberland County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Cumberland County   [Map]

Distance: About 449 miles [722.6 km] to the East.


Warren County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the East Northeast.


Clay County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Clay County   [Map]

Distance: About 595 miles [957.6 km] to the Southeast.

Pontotoc County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Pontotoc County   [Map]

Distance: About 532 miles [856.2 km] to the Southeast.

Union County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Union County   [Map]

Distance: About 522 miles [840.1 km] to the Southeast.


Vernon County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Vernon County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 153 miles [246.2 km] to the East Southeast.

North Carolina

Franklin County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,016 miles [1,635.1 km] to the East.


Wood County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Wood County

This community is historic.

Although located in Wood County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Comanche County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Comanche County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Comanche County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Delaware County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Delaware County   [Map]

Distance: About 230 miles [370.1 km] to the South Southeast.

Grady County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Grady County   [Map]

Distance: About 314 miles [505.3 km] to the South Southwest.


Klamath County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Klamath County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,314 miles [2,114.7 km] to the West Northwest.

Malheur County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Malheur County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,099 miles [1,768.7 km] to the West Northwest.

South Dakota

Fall River County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Fall River County   [Map]

Distance: About 458 miles [737.1 km] to the Northwest.


Campbell County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Campbell County   [Map]

Distance: About 703 miles [1,131.4 km] to the East Southeast.


Bedford County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Bedford County   [Map]

Distance: About 926 miles [1,490.3 km] to the East.

Brunswick County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Brunswick County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,032 miles [1,660.8 km] to the East.

Frederick County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Frederick County   [Map]

Distance: About 989 miles [1,591.6 km] to the East.

West Virginia

Upshur County

Our profile page for Rocky Ford, Upshur County   [Map]

Distance: About 872 miles [1,403.3 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rocky Ford ...

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.

Elm Hollow Corner   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest of Rocky Ford   [Map]

Eureka Lake   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Flush   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Leonardville   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Pillsbury Crossing (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Randolph   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Sunset Park   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Swamp Angel   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [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 Rocky Ford. 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.

Del Close

Actor, writer, teacher. He was born in Manhattan (Kansas) on Friday March 9, 1934 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Thursday March 4, 1999 at an age of 65.

Manhattan [Map] is located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the south of Rocky Ford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Del Close<9>

Silas Seth 'Si' Griffis

Professional hockey. He was born in Onaga (Kansas) on Saturday September 22, 1883 and died in Vancouver (British Columbia) on Sunday July 9, 1950 at an age of 66.

Onaga [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northeast of Rocky Ford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Silas Seth 'Si' Griffis

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Riley County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Riley County:

The official website for State of Kansas:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Ford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2375, Longitude: -96.5897     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rocky Ford 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 Rocky Ford 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 320.427 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.866 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.639 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 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 Rocky Ford 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 Rocky Ford, 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:

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