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

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

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks 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 this GPS location for Rockwood:
    • 39.916247, -79.153463
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Rockwood
  • 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:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Rockwood ...

We found 22 communities that share the name Rockwood.

There are two communities within Pennsylvania that are also named Rockwood.

Beyond Pennsylvania, we know of another twenty communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these twenty communities, twenty are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

  • Communities Located In Pennsylvania ...
    • Lebanon County
      • This Rockwood is located in Lebanon County and lies 146 miles [235 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lebanon County community of Rockwood.
    • Venango County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Pennsylvania community of Rockwood [Venango County].
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Franklin County
      • This Rockwood is located in Franklin County and lies 605 miles [973.7 km]<1> to the southwest of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Franklin County community of Rockwood.
    • California
      • Imperial County
      • This Rockwood is located in Imperial County and lies 2,058 miles [3,312 km]<1> to the west of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Imperial County community of Rockwood.
    • Colorado
      • La Plata County
      • This Rockwood is located in La Plata County and lies 1,546 miles [2,488 km]<1> to the west of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the La Plata County community of Rockwood.
    • Illinois
      • Randolph County
      • This Rockwood is located in Randolph County and lies 584 miles [939.9 km]<1> to the west of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Randolph County community of Rockwood.
    • Kentucky
      • Fayette County
      • This Rockwood is located in Fayette County and lies 312 miles [502.1 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fayette County community of Rockwood.
    • Maine
      • Somerset County
      • This Rockwood is located in Somerset County and lies 620 miles [997.8 km]<1> to the northeast of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Somerset County community of Rockwood.
    • Manitoba
      • This Rockwood lies 1,125 miles [1,810.5 km]<1> to the northwest of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
    • Michigan
      • Wayne County
      • This Rockwood is located in Wayne County and lies 259 miles [416.8 km]<1> to the northwest of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wayne County community of Rockwood.
    • Minnesota
      • Polk County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Minnesota community of Rockwood [Polk County].
    • New Hampshire
      • Cheshire County
      • This Rockwood is located in Cheshire County and lies 412 miles [663 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cheshire County community of Rockwood.
    • New Jersey
      • Atlantic County
      • This Rockwood is located in Atlantic County and lies 237 miles [381.4 km]<1> to the east of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Atlantic County community of Rockwood.
    • New York
      • Fulton County
      • This Rockwood is located in Fulton County and lies 323 miles [519.8 km]<1> to the northeast of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fulton County community of Rockwood.
    • North Carolina
      • Alamance County
      • This Rockwood is located in Alamance County and lies 268 miles [431.3 km]<1> to the south of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Alamance County community of Rockwood.
      • Durham County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Carolina community of Rockwood [Durham County].
    • Ohio
      • Lawrence County
      • This Rockwood is located in Lawrence County and lies 203 miles [326.7 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lawrence County community of Rockwood.
    • Ontario
      • This Rockwood lies 260 miles [418.4 km]<1> to the north of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
    • Oregon
      • Multnomah County
      • This Rockwood is located in Multnomah County and lies 2,204 miles [3,547 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Multnomah County community of Rockwood.
    • Tennessee
      • Roane County
      • This Rockwood is located in Roane County and lies 410 miles [659.8 km]<1> to the southwest of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Roane County community of Rockwood.
    • Texas
      • Coleman County
      • This Rockwood is located in Coleman County and lies 1,269 miles [2,042.3 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Coleman County community of Rockwood.
    • Wisconsin
      • Manitowoc County
      • This Rockwood is located in Manitowoc County and lies 527 miles [848.1 km]<1> to the northwest of the Rockwood that is located in Somerset County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Manitowoc County community of Rockwood.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rockwood ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Goodtown
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goodtown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodtown
    • Goodtown is located in Somerset County
  • Husband
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Husband have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Husband
    • Husband is located in Somerset County
  • Indiantown
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Indiantown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Indiantown
    • Indiantown is located in Somerset County
  • Jimtown
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jimtown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jimtown
    • Jimtown is located in Somerset County
  • Kingwood
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kingwood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kingwood
    • Kingwood is located in Somerset County
  • Mineral Spring
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mineral Spring have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mineral Spring
    • Mineral Spring is located in Somerset County
  • Paddytown
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paddytown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paddytown
    • Paddytown is located in Somerset County
  • Pinkerton
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pinkerton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinkerton
    • Pinkerton is located in Somerset County
  • Rockwood Station
    (Less than 2 miles to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockwood Station have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockwood Station
    • Rockwood Station is located in Somerset County
  • Salisbury Junction
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Salisbury Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salisbury Junction
    • Salisbury Junction is located in Somerset County
  • Shamrock
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shamrock have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shamrock
    • Shamrock is located in Somerset County
  • Summit Mills
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Summit Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summit Mills
    • Summit Mills is located in Somerset County

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Rockwood and extending to:

  • Somerset, which is the Seat of Somerset County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Harrisburg, which is the State Capital of Pennsylvania, lies 122 miles [196.3 km]<1> to the east northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Rockwood to Harrisburg, with an average speed<4>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 133 miles [214 km] to the east southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,942 miles [9,562.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,656 miles [10,711.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,532 miles [7,293.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

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

The official website for Somerset County: www.co.somerset.pa.us/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.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 drawn from Point A (ie- Rockwood) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockwood. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.9162, Longitude: -79.1535    
<2>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 Rockwood 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.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>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.
<5>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 Rockwood to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.098 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.968 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.241 degrees.









 

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