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Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

  • 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 Modoc:
    • 33.733414, -82.205882
    • 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 Modoc
  • 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 Modoc ...

We found eleven communities that share the name Modoc.

Within South Carolina, the name Modoc is unique.

Beyond South Carolina, we know of another eleven communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arkansas
      • Phillips County
      • This Modoc is located in Phillips County and lies 492 miles [791.8 km]<1> to the west of the Modoc that is located in McCormick County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Phillips County community of Modoc.
    • Georgia
      • Emanuel County
      • This Modoc is located in Emanuel County and lies 74 miles [119.1 km]<1> to the south of the Modoc that is located in McCormick County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Emanuel County community of Modoc.
    • Illinois
      • Randolph County
      • This Modoc is located in Randolph County and lies 529 miles [851.3 km]<1> to the northwest of the Modoc that is located in McCormick County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Randolph County community of Modoc.
    • Indiana
      • Randolph County
      • This Modoc is located in Randolph County and lies 464 miles [746.7 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Modoc that is located in McCormick County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Randolph County community of Modoc.
    • Kansas
      • Jewell 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 Kansas community of Modoc [Jewell County].
      • Scott County
      • This Modoc is located in Scott County and lies 1,100 miles [1,770.3 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Modoc that is located in McCormick County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Scott County community of Modoc.
    • Kentucky
      • Cumberland County
      • This Modoc is located in Cumberland County and lies 271 miles [436.1 km]<1> to the northwest of the Modoc that is located in McCormick County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cumberland County community of Modoc.
    • Missouri
      • Audrain County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Audrain County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Audrain County community of Modoc.
    • New Mexico
      • Dona Ana 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 New Mexico community of Modoc [Dona Ana County].
    • Ohio
      • Athens County
      • This Modoc is located in Athens County and lies 396 miles [637.3 km]<1> to the north of the Modoc that is located in McCormick County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Athens County community of Modoc.
    • West Virginia
      • Greenbrier County
      • This Modoc is located in Greenbrier County and lies 314 miles [505.3 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Modoc that is located in McCormick County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Greenbrier County community of Modoc.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Modoc ...

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.

  • Bethany ‑ Historic
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bethany have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bethany
    • Bethany is located in McCormick County
  • Dents Ferry
    (5 miles [8 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dents Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dents Ferry
    • Dents Ferry is located in Columbia County (GA)
  • Double Branches
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Double Branches have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Double Branches
    • Double Branches is located in Lincoln County (GA)
  • Martins Crossroads
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martins Crossroads have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martins Crossroads
    • Martins Crossroads is located in Lincoln County (GA)
  • Maxim
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maxim have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maxim
    • Maxim is located in Lincoln County (GA)
  • Millers Crossroads
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Millers Crossroads have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Millers Crossroads
    • Millers Crossroads is located in Edgefield County
  • Parks Mill
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Parks Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parks Mill
    • Parks Mill is located in McCormick County
  • Parksville
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the north)
  • Plum Branch
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
  • Price Ferry
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Price Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Price Ferry
    • Price Ferry is located in Columbia County (GA)
  • Woodlawn
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodlawn have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodlawn
    • Woodlawn is located in McCormick County

How Far From Modoc to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Modoc to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • McCormick, which is the Seat of McCormick County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Modoc to McCormick, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Columbia, which is the State Capital of South Carolina, lies 69 miles [111 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 457 miles [735.5 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 18 days and walking would take 26 days.
  • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,346 miles [10,212.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,042 miles [11,333 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,923 miles [7,922.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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

The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.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- Modoc) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Modoc. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7334, Longitude: -82.2059    
<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 Modoc 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 Modoc, 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 Modoc 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 310.986 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.216 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.449 degrees.









 

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