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Rollin, Kansas

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The location of Rollin

Introduction ...

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

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 Rollin, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Rollin and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Rollin 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 Rollin. 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 Rollin.

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

The Neosho County sighting report from eBird.

Since Rollin is near Allen County and also Wilson County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Allen County

Sighting report for Wilson 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 Rollin.

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

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

  • Erie [Map], which is the Seat of Neosho County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Topeka [Map], which is the State Capital of Kansas, lies 99 miles [159.3 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Rollin to Topeka, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 995 miles [1,601.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 39 days and walking would take 57 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,676 miles [10,744 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 7,419 miles [11,939.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,306 miles [8,539.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rollin ...

While the name Rollin is unique within Kansas, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Kansas


Lenawee County

Our profile page for Rollin, Lenawee County   [Map]

Distance: About 655 miles [1,054.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rollin ...

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.

Erie   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast of Rollin   [Map]

Galesburg   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Humboldt   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Octagon City (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Porterville   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Rest   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Stark   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Walnut   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [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 Rollin. 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.

Addison Foster Brennan

Major League Baseball. He was born in La Harpe (Kansas) on Sunday July 18, 1886 and died in Kansas City (Missouri) on Sunday January 7, 1962 at an age of 75. He was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery (Missouri).

La Harpe [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Rollin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Addison Foster Brennan<7>

Louise Brooks     (Mary Louise Brooks)

Actress, author. She was born in Cherryvale (Kansas) on Wednesday November 14, 1906 and died in Rochester (New York) on Thursday August 8, 1985 at an age of 78. She was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (Monroe County, New York) [Map].

Cherryvale [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Rollin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louise Brooks

Walter Perry Johnson

Major League Baseball. He was born in Humboldt (Kansas) on Sunday November 6, 1887 and died in Washington, DC [Map] on Tueday December 10, 1946 at an age of 59. He was buried at Rockville Cemetery (Montgomery County, Maryland) [Map].

Humboldt [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the north of Rollin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Walter Perry Johnson

Ida Moore

Actress. She was born in Altoona (Kansas) on Wednesday March 1, 1882 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday September 26, 1964 at an age of 82. She was buried at Oakwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Altoona [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Rollin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ida Moore

ZaSu Pitts     (Born as Eliza Susan Pitts)

Actress. She was born in Parsons (Kansas) on Wednesday January 3, 1894 and died in Hollywood (California) on Friday June 7, 1963 at an age of 69.

Parsons [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Rollin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: ZaSu Pitts

Joseph L. Sanders

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Thayer (Kansas) on Thursday October 15, 1896 and died in Kansas City (Missouri) on Friday May 14, 1965 at an age of 68. He was buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery (Jackson County, Missouri) [Map].

Thayer [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest of Rollin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph L. Sanders

Vivian Vance     (Born as Vivian Roberta Jones)

Actress. She was born in Cherryvale (Kansas) on Monday July 26, 1909 and died in Belvedere (California) on Friday August 17, 1979 at an age of 70.

Cherryvale [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Rollin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Vivian Vance

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 from Point A (ie- Rollin) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rollin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6342, Longitude: -95.3561     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rollin 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 Rollin 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 319.462 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.542 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.306 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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