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Rockford, Nebraska

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The location of Rockford

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Rockford 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 Rockford. 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 Rockford.

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

The Gage County sighting report from eBird.

Since Rockford is near Pawnee County and also Johnson County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Pawnee County

Sighting report for Johnson 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 Rockford.

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

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

  • Beatrice [Map], which is the Seat of Gage County, lies just to the West.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 39 miles [62.8 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from Rockford to Lincoln, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,043 miles [1,678.5 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 6,580 miles [10,589.5 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 7,332 miles [11,799.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,230 miles [8,416.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rockford ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Rockford.

While the name Rockford is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 26 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Coosa County

Our profile page for Rockford, Coosa County   [Map]

Distance: About 767 miles [1,234.4 km] to the Southeast.


Izard County

Our profile page for Rockford, Izard County

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

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


Tulare County

Our profile page for Rockford, Tulare County

This community is historic.<8>

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


Bingham County

Our profile page for Rockford, Bingham County   [Map]

Distance: About 844 miles [1,358.3 km] to the West Northwest.


Winnebago County

Our profile page for Rockford, Winnebago County   [Map]

Distance: About 415 miles [667.9 km] to the East Northeast.


Jackson County

Our profile page for Rockford, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 575 miles [925.4 km] to the East.

Wells County

Our profile page for Rockford, Wells County   [Map]

Distance: About 593 miles [954.3 km] to the East.


Floyd County

Our profile page for Rockford, Floyd County   [Map]

Distance: About 269 miles [432.9 km] to the Northeast.


Bourbon County

Our profile page for Rockford, Bourbon County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 191 miles [307.4 km] to the South Southeast.


Kent County

Our profile page for Rockford, Kent County   [Map]

Distance: About 602 miles [968.8 km] to the East Northeast.


Wright County

Our profile page for Rockford, Wright County   [Map]

Distance: About 364 miles [585.8 km] to the North Northeast.


Carroll County

Our profile page for Rockford, Carroll County

This community is historic.

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

Cass County

Our profile page for Rockford, Cass County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 171 miles [275.2 km] to the Southeast.

Chariton County

Our profile page for Rockford, Chariton County   [Map]

Distance: About 205 miles [329.9 km] to the East Southeast.


Fergus County

Our profile page for Rockford, Fergus County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 796 miles [1,281 km] to the Northwest.

North Carolina

Surry County

Our profile page for Rockford, Surry County   [Map]

Distance: About 906 miles [1,458.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Mercer County

Our profile page for Rockford, Mercer County   [Map]

Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the East.

Tuscarawas County

Our profile page for Rockford, Tuscarawas County   [Map]

Distance: About 803 miles [1,292.3 km] to the East.


Our profile page for Rockford   [Map]

Distance: About 850 miles [1,367.9 km] to the East Northeast.


Hood River County

Our profile page for Rockford, Hood River County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,309 miles [2,106.6 km] to the West Northwest.


Our profile page for Rockford   [Map]

Distance: About 871 miles [1,401.7 km] to the North Northwest.

South Carolina

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Rockford, Spartanburg County

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

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


Blount County

Our profile page for Rockford, Blount County   [Map]

Distance: About 752 miles [1,210.2 km] to the East Southeast.


Lamar County

Our profile page for Rockford, Lamar County   [Map]

Distance: About 471 miles [758 km] to the South.


Spokane County

Our profile page for Rockford, Spokane County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,132 miles [1,821.8 km] to the West Northwest.

West Virginia

Harrison County

Our profile page for Rockford, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 866 miles [1,393.7 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rockford ...

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.

Badger   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South of Rockford   [Map]

Crab Orchard   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Diller   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Liberty   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lone Elm (KS)   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Mayberry   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Mission (Historic)   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Plymouth   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Violet (Historic)   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Virginia   -   5 miles [8 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 Rockford. 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.

Harold Lloyd

Actor, comedian. He was born in Burchard (Nebraska) on Thursday April 20, 1893 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Monday March 8, 1971 at an age of 77. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Burchard [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast of Rockford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harold Lloyd<9>

Robert Taylor     (Born as Spangler Arlington Brugh)

Actor. He was born in Filley (Nebraska) on Saturday August 5, 1911 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Sunday June 8, 1969 at an age of 57. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Filley [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast of Rockford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Taylor

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Gage County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Gage County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.2514, Longitude: -96.6004     [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 Rockford 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 320.499 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.076 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.462 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 Rockford 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 Rockford, 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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