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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 ...
  • 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 Rockford:
    • 47.452274, -117.132013
    • 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 Rockford
  • 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 Rockford ...

We found 26 communities that share the name Rockford.

Within Washington, the name Rockford is unique.

Beyond Washington, we know of another 26 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 26 communities, 24 are located in the United States and three are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Coosa County
      • This Rockford is located in Coosa County and lies 1,897 miles [3,052.9 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Coosa County community of Rockford.
    • Arkansas
      • Izard 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 Arkansas community of Rockford [Izard County].
    • California
      • Tulare County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Tulare County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Tulare County community of Rockford.
    • Idaho
      • Bingham County
      • This Rockford is located in Bingham County and lies 369 miles [593.8 km]<1> to the southeast of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bingham County community of Rockford.
    • Illinois
      • Winnebago County
      • This Rockford is located in Winnebago County and lies 1,411 miles [2,270.8 km]<1> to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Winnebago County community of Rockford.
    • Indiana
      • Jackson County
      • This Rockford is located in Jackson County and lies 1,663 miles [2,676.3 km]<1> to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jackson County community of Rockford.
      • Wells County
      • This Rockford is located in Wells County and lies 1,631 miles [2,624.8 km] to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wells County community of Rockford.
    • Iowa
      • Floyd County
      • This Rockford is located in Floyd County and lies 1,208 miles [1,944.1 km]<1> to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Floyd County community of Rockford.
    • Kansas
      • Bourbon County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Rockford [Bourbon County].
    • Michigan
      • Kent County
      • This Rockford is located in Kent County and lies 1,551 miles [2,496.1 km]<1> to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kent County community of Rockford.
    • Minnesota
      • Wright County
      • This Rockford is located in Wright County and lies 1,123 miles [1,807.3 km]<1> to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wright County community of Rockford.
    • Missouri
      • Carroll County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Carroll County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Carroll County community of Rockford.
      • Cass County
      • This community is historic and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Missouri community of Rockford [Cass County].
      • Chariton County
      • This Rockford is located in Chariton County and lies 1,330 miles [2,140.4 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chariton County community of Rockford.
    • Montana
      • Fergus County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Montana community of Rockford [Fergus County].
    • Nebraska
      • Gage County
      • This Rockford is located in Gage County and lies 1,132 miles [1,821.8 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Gage County community of Rockford.
    • North Carolina
      • Surry County
      • This Rockford is located in Surry County and lies 2,006 miles [3,228.3 km]<1> to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Surry County community of Rockford.
    • Ohio
      • Mercer County
      • This Rockford is located in Mercer County and lies 1,664 miles [2,677.9 km]<1> to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Mercer County community of Rockford.
      • Tuscarawas County
      • This Rockford is located in Tuscarawas County and lies 1,826 miles [2,938.7 km] to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Tuscarawas County community of Rockford.
    • Ontario
      • This Rockford lies 1,733 miles [2,789 km]<1> to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
    • Oregon
      • Hood River County
      • This Rockford is located in Hood River County and lies 242 miles [389.5 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hood River County community of Rockford.
    • Saskatchewan
      • This Rockford lies 720 miles [1,158.7 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
    • South Carolina
      • Spartanburg 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 South Carolina community of Rockford [Spartanburg County].
    • Tennessee
      • Blount County
      • This Rockford is located in Blount County and lies 1,872 miles [3,012.7 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Blount County community of Rockford.
    • Texas
      • Lamar County
      • This Rockford is located in Lamar County and lies 1,483 miles [2,386.7 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lamar County community of Rockford.
    • West Virginia
      • Harrison County
      • This Rockford is located in Harrison County and lies 1,916 miles [3,083.5 km]<1> to the east of the Rockford that is located in Spokane County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Harrison County community of Rockford.

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

  • Chester
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chester have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chester
    • Chester is located in Spokane County
  • Freedom
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freedom have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freedom
    • Freedom is located in Spokane County
  • Freeman
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freeman have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freeman
    • Freeman is located in Spokane County
  • Mica
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mica
    • Mica is located in Spokane County
  • Mount Hope
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Hope
    • Mount Hope is located in Spokane County
  • Mozart
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mozart have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mozart
    • Mozart is located in Kootenai County (ID)
  • Spangle
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
  • Stringtown
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stringtown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stringtown
    • Stringtown is located in Spokane County
  • Valleyford
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)

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

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

  • Spokane, which is the Seat of Spokane County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Rockford to Spokane, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Olympia, which is the State Capital of Washington, lies 271 miles [436.1 km] to the west (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 2,078 miles [3,344.2 km] to the east (E). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 82 days and walking would take 118 days.
  • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,695 miles [10,774.6 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<8>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,462 miles [12,008.9 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<9>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,533 miles [8,904.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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 Spokane County: www.spokanecounty.org/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.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- Rockford) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.4523, Longitude: -117.1320    
<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 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.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 336.596 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 337.464 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 324.394 degrees.









 

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