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

When in Jonesboro, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Jonesboro 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 Jonesboro:
    • 37.783286, -78.978272
    • 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 Jonesboro
  • 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 Jonesboro ...

We found eighteen communities that share the name Jonesboro.

There is one other community in Virginia which is also named Jonesboro.

Beyond Virginia, we know of another seventeen communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Located In Virginia ...
    • Brunswick County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Virginia community of Jonesboro [Brunswick County].
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Baldwin 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 Alabama community of Jonesboro [Baldwin County].
      • Franklin County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Franklin County and lies 537 miles [864.2 km]<3> to the west southwest of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Franklin County community of Jonesboro.
      • Jefferson County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Jefferson County and lies 541 miles [870.7 km] to the west southwest of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Jonesboro.
    • Arkansas
      • Craighead County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Craighead County and lies 660 miles [1,062.2 km]<3> to the west of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Craighead County community of Jonesboro.
    • Florida
      • Dixie County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Dixie County and lies 609 miles [980.1 km]<3> to the south southwest of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dixie County community of Jonesboro.
    • Georgia
      • Clayton County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Clayton County and lies 421 miles [677.5 km]<3> to the southwest of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clayton County community of Jonesboro.
    • Illinois
      • Union County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Union County and lies 563 miles [906.1 km]<3> to the west of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Union County community of Jonesboro.
    • Indiana
      • Grant County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Grant County and lies 401 miles [645.3 km]<3> to the west northwest of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grant County community of Jonesboro.
    • Louisiana
      • Jackson Parish
      • This Jonesboro is located in Jackson Parish and lies 864 miles [1,390.5 km]<3> to the west southwest of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jackson Parish community of Jonesboro.
    • Maine
      • Washington County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Washington County and lies 758 miles [1,219.9 km]<3> to the northeast of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Jonesboro.
    • North Carolina
      • Lee 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 North Carolina community of Jonesboro [Lee County].
      • Moore County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Carolina community of Jonesboro [Moore County].
    • Ohio
      • Clinton County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Clinton County and lies 281 miles [452.2 km]<3> to the west northwest of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clinton County community of Jonesboro.
      • Fayette County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Fayette County and lies 270 miles [434.5 km] to the west northwest of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fayette County community of Jonesboro.
    • Oregon
      • Malheur County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Malheur County and lies 2,057 miles [3,310.4 km]<3> to the west northwest of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Malheur County community of Jonesboro.
    • Tennessee
      • Maury County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Tennessee community of Jonesboro [Maury County].
    • Texas
      • Coryell County
      • This Jonesboro is located in Coryell County and lies 1,151 miles [1,852.4 km]<3> to the west southwest of the Jonesboro that is located in Nelson County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Coryell County community of Jonesboro.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Jonesboro ...

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.

  • Freshwater
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freshwater have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freshwater
    • Freshwater is located in Nelson County
  • Kingswood
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kingswood have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kingswood
    • Kingswood is located in Nelson County
  • Lakeview Heights
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakeview Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakeview Heights
    • Lakeview Heights is located in Nelson County
  • Lanes Ford
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lanes Ford have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lanes Ford
    • Lanes Ford is located in Nelson County
  • Love
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Love have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Love
    • Love is located in Augusta County
  • Piney River
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Piney River have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piney River
    • Piney River is located in Nelson County
  • Poplar Flats
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Poplar Flats have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poplar Flats
    • Poplar Flats is located in Nelson County
  • Roseland
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roseland have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roseland
    • Roseland is located in Nelson County
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roseland <5>
  • Roses Mill
    (5 miles [8 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roses Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roses Mill
    • Roses Mill is located in Nelson County
  • Shady Lane
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shady Lane have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shady Lane
    • Shady Lane is located in Nelson County

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

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

  • Lovingston, which is the Seat of Nelson County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Richmond, which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 85 miles [136.8 km]<3> to the east (E). If you could drive a straight line from Jonesboro to Richmond, with an average speed<6>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 130 miles [209.2 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,028 miles [9,701.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,733 miles [10,835.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,610 miles [7,419.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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

The official website for Nelson County: www.nelsoncounty.com/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Jonesboro, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Jonesboro 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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Jonesboro) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jonesboro. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7833, Longitude: -78.9783    
<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 Jonesboro 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 309.089 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.635 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.931 degrees.









 

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