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Rolla, Kansas

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Rolla 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 Rolla. 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 Rolla.

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 Morton County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Morton County sighting report from eBird.

Since Rolla is near Stevens County and also Texas County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Stevens County

Sighting report for Texas 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 Rolla.

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

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

  • Elkhart [Map], which is the Seat of Morton County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Rolla to Elkhart, 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 five to six hours.
  • Topeka [Map], which is the State Capital of Kansas, lies 349 miles [561.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 14 days and walking would take 20 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,339 miles [2,154.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 53 days and walking would take 76 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,917 miles [11,131.8 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 7,672 miles [12,346.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,575 miles [8,972.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rolla ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Rolla.

While the name Rolla is unique within Kansas, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Kansas

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Hot Spring County

Our profile page for Rolla, Hot Spring County   [Map]

Distance: About 537 miles [864.2 km] to the East Southeast.

British Columbia

Our profile page for Rolla   [Map]

Distance: About 1,556 miles [2,504.1 km] to the North Northwest.


Adams County

Our profile page for Rolla, Adams County   [Map]

Distance: About 259 miles [416.8 km] to the Northwest.


Phelps County

Our profile page for Rolla, Phelps County   [Map]

Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the East.

North Dakota

Rolette County

Our profile page for Rolla, Rolette County   [Map]

Distance: About 816 miles [1,313.2 km] to the North.


Knox County

Our profile page for Rolla, Knox County

This community is historic.<7>

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


Collingsworth County

Our profile page for Rolla, Collingsworth County   [Map]

Distance: About 175 miles [281.6 km] to the South Southeast.


Augusta County

Our profile page for Rolla, Augusta County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rolla ...

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.

Big Bow   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the North of Rolla   [Map]

Cave   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Elkhart   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hooker (OK)   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Julian   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Moscow   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Mouser (OK)   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Optima (OK)   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Straight (OK)   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Unity (OK)   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the South   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Kansas

About Morton County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Morton 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rolla) 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 Rolla. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rolla

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rolla. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.1180, Longitude: -101.6318     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rolla 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 Rolla 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 323.806 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 321.554 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.493 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 Rolla, 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 Rolla 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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