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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Wellsburg [Map], which is the Seat of Brooke County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 146 miles [235 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Rockdale to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 212 miles [341.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,983 miles [9,628.7 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 6,702 miles [10,785.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,577 miles [7,366 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rockdale ...

We have found 36 communities that share the name Rockdale.

While the name Rockdale is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 36 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 596 miles [959.2 km] to the Southwest

Randolph County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 549 miles [883.5 km] to the South Southwest

Colorado

Chaffee County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Chaffee County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,371 miles [2,206.4 km] to the West

Fremont County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Fremont County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Fremont County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Florida

Miami-Dade County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Miami-Dade County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,013 miles [1,630.3 km] to the South

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Georgia

Fulton County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the South Southwest

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Illinois

Will County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Will County   [Map]
Distance: About 401 miles [645.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Franklin County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 236 miles [379.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Iowa

Dubuque County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Dubuque County   [Map]
Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Kentucky

Boyd County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Boyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 172 miles [276.8 km] to the Southwest

Owen County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Owen County   [Map]
Distance: About 255 miles [410.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Maryland

Washington County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 150 miles [241.4 km] to the East Southeast

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Massachusetts

Berkshire County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Berkshire County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Berkshire County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Bristol County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Bristol County   [Map]
Distance: About 509 miles [819.2 km] to the East Northeast

Norfolk County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Norfolk County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Norfolk County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Missouri

Camden County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Camden County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Camden County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New York

Chenango County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Chenango County   [Map]
Distance: About 303 miles [487.6 km] to the East Northeast

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North Carolina

Cleveland County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Cleveland County   [Map]
Distance: About 336 miles [540.7 km] to the South

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Rockdale   [Map]
Distance: About 1,061 miles [1,707.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Butler County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 213 miles [342.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Rockdale   [Map]
Distance: About 323 miles [519.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Bucks County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Bucks County   [Map]
Distance: About 300 miles [482.8 km] to the East

Butler County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 49 miles [78.9 km] to the Northeast

Delaware County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 273 miles [439.4 km] to the East

Franklin County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 149 miles [239.8 km] to the East

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 109 miles [175.4 km] to the Northeast

Lackawanna County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Lackawanna County   [Map]
Distance: About 268 miles [431.3 km] to the East Northeast

Lehigh County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Lehigh County   [Map]
Distance: About 264 miles [424.9 km] to the East

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Tennessee

Maury County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 493 miles [793.4 km] to the Southwest

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 433 miles [696.8 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

Hopkins County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Hopkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 968 miles [1,557.8 km] to the West Southwest

Milam County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Milam County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,135 miles [1,826.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Rockdale, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,068 miles [3,328.1 km] to the West Northwest

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Lincoln County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Lincoln County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Wisconsin

Dane County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Dane County   [Map]
Distance: About 473 miles [761.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Wyoming

Carbon County

Our profile page for Rockdale, Carbon County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Carbon County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rockdale ...

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.

Arnold   -   Less than 2 miles to the South of Rockdale   [Map]
Brilliant (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Coketown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Deandale (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Dutch Town   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Fishersville (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Franklin   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Georges Run (OH)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Longview Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Louise   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Mingo Junction (OH)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rabbit Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Shank Town   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Virginville   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Rockdale. 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.

Charley Arthur Pretty Boy Floyd     (Born as Charles Arthur Floyd)
  Crime figure. He was born in Adairsville (Georgia) on Wednesday February 3, 1904 and died in East Liverpool (Ohio) on Monday October 22, 1934 at an age of 30. He was buried at Akins Cemetery (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma) [Map].

East Liverpool [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of Rockdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charley Arthur Pretty Boy Floyd<9>
 
Clark Gable     (William Clark Gable)
  Oscar winning actor. He was born in Cadiz (Ohio) on Friday February 1, 1901 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday November 16, 1960 at an age of 59. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cadiz [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Rockdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clark Gable

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockdale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.3048, Longitude: -80.5801     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockdale 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 Rockdale 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 309.954 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.00 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.737 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 Rockdale 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 Rockdale, 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rockdale.