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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Campbellsville [Map], which is the Seat of Taylor County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Frankfort [Map], which is the State Capital of Kentucky, lies 61 miles [98.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Arista to Frankfort, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 461 miles [741.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of a day, a buggy would take 18 days and walking would take 27 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,308 miles [10,151.7 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 7,027 miles [11,308.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,902 miles [7,889 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Arista ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Arista.

While the name Arista is unique within Kentucky, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Kentucky


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Arista, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 673 miles [1,083.1 km] to the South Southeast

West Virginia

Mercer County

Our profile page for Arista, Mercer County   [Map]
Distance: About 221 miles [355.7 km] to the East

Curious and Interesting Names Near Arista ...

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.

Bass   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East of Arista   [Map]
Black Gnat   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Elk Horn   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Feathersburg   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hatcher   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Jessietown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Mannsville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Peck Ford   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Romine   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Speck   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Willowtown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [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 Arista. 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.

Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  Author. He was born in Three Springs (Kentucky) on Tueday April 29, 1862 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday June 5, 1919 at an age of 57. He was buried at Cave Hill Cemetery (Jefferson County, Kentucky) [Map].

Three Springs [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Arista

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph Alexander Altsheler<7>
Abraham Lincoln
  16th President of the US (1861 - 1865, died in office). He was born in Hodgenville (Kentucky) on Sunday February 12, 1809 and died in Washington, DC [Map] on Saturday April 15, 1865 at an age of 56.

Hodgenville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northwest of Arista

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Abraham Lincoln

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Arista. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3687, Longitude: -85.3047     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Arista 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 Arista 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 312.915 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.949 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.744 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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