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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Roper 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 Roper. 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 Roper.

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

The Wilson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Roper is near Woodson County and also Neosho County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Woodson County

Sighting report for Neosho 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Roper.

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

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

  • Fredonia [Map], which is the Seat of Wilson County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Roper to Fredonia, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Topeka [Map], which is the State Capital of Kansas, lies 95 miles [152.9 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,015 miles [1,633.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,688 miles [10,763.3 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 7,432 miles [11,960.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,320 miles [8,561.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Roper ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Roper.

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


Communities Outside of Kansas

Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Roper, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 584 miles [939.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Georgia

Jeff Davis County

Our profile page for Roper, Jeff Davis County   [Map]

Distance: About 843 miles [1,356.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Kentucky

Graves County

Our profile page for Roper, Graves County   [Map]

Distance: About 387 miles [622.8 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Anson County

Our profile page for Roper, Anson County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 881 miles [1,417.8 km] to the East.

Beaufort County

Our profile page for Roper, Beaufort County

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

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

Washington County

Our profile page for Roper, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,062 miles [1,709.1 km] to the East.

Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Roper, Salt Lake County   [Map]

Distance: About 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the West Northwest.

Virginia

Wythe County

Our profile page for Roper, Wythe County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Roper ...

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.

Buffalo   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast of Roper   [Map]

Buffville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Cookville   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Coyville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Fall River   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Hasty   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the North   [Map]

Humboldt   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Octagon City (Historic)   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Rest   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Rose   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [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 Roper. 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.

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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Roper

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louise Brooks<9>

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 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast of Roper

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 10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast of Roper

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ida Moore

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 18 miles [29 km] to the southeast of Roper

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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Roper

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Vivian Vance

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Wilson County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Kansas: https://portal.kansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Roper) 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 Roper. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Roper

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roper. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6612, Longitude: -95.7328     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roper 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 Roper 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 319.721 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.847 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.484 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 Roper, 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 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 Roper 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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