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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Ironton [Map], which is the Seat of Lawrence County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Platform to Ironton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Columbus [Map], which is the State Capital of Ohio, lies 104 miles [167.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 4 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 287 miles [461.9 km] to the East (E). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,133 miles [9,870.1 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 6,850 miles [11,024 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,725 miles [7,604.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Platform ...

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.

Cebee   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest of Platform   [Map]
Clover (WV)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Crown City   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Fair Place   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Good Hope   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Greasy Ridge   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Home Park   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Ida (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Lock   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Polkadotte   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Suiter   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Willow Wood   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Platform. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5584, Longitude: -82.3513     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Platform 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 Platform 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 311.096 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.04 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.109 degrees.

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