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Rokeby, Nebraska

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The location of Rokeby

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Rokeby 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 Rokeby. 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 Rokeby.

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

The Lancaster County sighting report from eBird.

Since Rokeby is near Seward County and also Saline County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Seward County

Sighting report for Saline 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 Rokeby.

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

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

  • Lincoln [Map], which is the Seat of Lancaster County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies just to the North Northeast (NNE).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,050 miles [1,689.8 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Rokeby to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 60 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,560 miles [10,557.3 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 7,313 miles [11,769.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,214 miles [8,391.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rokeby ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Rokeby.

While the name Rokeby is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in Canada.

Communities Outside of Nebraska


Our profile page for Rokeby   [Map]

Distance: About 780 miles [1,255.3 km] to the East Northeast.


Our profile page for Rokeby   [Map]

Distance: About 758 miles [1,219.9 km] to the North Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rokeby ...

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.

Bethany   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast of Rokeby   [Map]

Centerville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Emerald   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Gaslight Village   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Havelock   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Holland   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Huskerville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Kramer   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lincoln   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

University Place   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Woodlawn   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Yankee Hill (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Rokeby. 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.

Philip Abbott     (Born as Philip Abbott Alexander)

Actor. He was born in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Thursday March 20, 1924 and died in Tarzana (California) on Monday February 23, 1998 at an age of 73. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Rokeby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Philip Abbott<7>

Leslie Brooks     (Born as Virginia Leslie Gettman)

Actress. She was born in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Thursday July 13, 1922 and died in Sherman Oaks (California) on Friday July 1, 2011 at an age of 89. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Rokeby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leslie Brooks

Eddie Gardner

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Plainfield (Illinois) on Wednesday April 4, 1888 and died in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Friday May 6, 1921 at an age of 33. He was buried at Plainfield Twp. Cemetery (Will County, Illinois) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Rokeby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Gardner

Gordon MacRae     (Albert Gordon MacRae)

Actor, singer. He was born in East Orange (New Jersey) on Saturday March 12, 1921 and died in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Friday January 24, 1986 at an age of 64. He was buried at Wyuka Cemetery (Lancaster County, Nebraska) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Rokeby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gordon MacRae

Leslie Grant 'Les' Nunamaker

Major League Baseball. He was born in Malcolm (Nebraska) on Friday January 25, 1889 and died in Hastings (Nebraska) on Monday November 14, 1938 at an age of 49. He was buried at Aurora Cemetery (Hamilton County, Nebraska) [Map].

Malcolm [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Rokeby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leslie Grant 'Les' Nunamaker

Hilary Swank     (Hilary Ann Swank)

Oscar winning actress, producer. She was born in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Wednesday January 30, 1974

Lincoln [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Rokeby

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Nebraska

About Lancaster County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lancaster County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

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- Rokeby) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rokeby. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7119, Longitude: -96.7361     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rokeby 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 Rokeby 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 320.62 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.275 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.446 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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