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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 Radford, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Radford 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 Radford:
    • 37.138198, -79.617809
    • 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 Radford
  • 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 Radford ...

We have found eight communities that share the name Radford.

There are two communities within Virginia that are also named Radford.

Beyond Virginia, we know of another six communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these six communities, seven are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Located In Virginia ...
    • Montgomery County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Virginia community of Radford [Montgomery County].
    • Radford City
      • This Radford is located in Radford City and lies 52 miles [83.7 km]<2> to the west of the Radford that is located in Bedford County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Radford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Radford City community of Radford.
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Perry County
      • This Radford is located in Perry County and lies 531 miles [854.6 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Radford that is located in Bedford County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Radford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Perry County community of Radford.
    • Illinois
      • Christian County
      • This Radford is located in Christian County and lies 536 miles [862.6 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Radford that is located in Bedford County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Radford
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Christian County community of Radford.
    • Michigan
      • Ontonagon County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Radford [Ontonagon County].
    • North Carolina
      • Wayne County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Carolina community of Radford [Wayne County].
    • Quebec
      • This Radford lies 607 miles [976.9 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Radford that is located in Bedford County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Radford
    • Texas
      • Jefferson County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Jefferson County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Radford.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Radford ...

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.

  • Diamond Hill [Bedford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Diamond Hill
    • Diamond Hill [Bedford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Radford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Diamond Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Diamond Hill
  • Dundee [Bedford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dundee
    • Dundee [Bedford County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the east of Radford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dundee have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dundee
  • Eagles Roost [Bedford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagles Roost
    • Eagles Roost [Bedford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the south of Radford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eagles Roost have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagles Roost
  • Fancy Grove [Bedford County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fancy Grove
    • Fancy Grove [Bedford County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Radford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fancy Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Foxsport [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Foxsport
      • Foxsport [Franklin County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Radford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Foxsport have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Foxsport
    • Goodview [Bedford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodview
      • Goodview [Bedford County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Radford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goodview have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodview
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Goodview<5>
    • Gross Point [Bedford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gross Point
      • Gross Point [Bedford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the south of Radford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gross Point have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gross Point
    • Isle of Pines [Bedford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Isle of Pines
      • Isle of Pines [Bedford County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Radford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Isle of Pines have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Isle of Pines
    • Otter View [Bedford County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otter View
      • Otter View [Bedford County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the southeast of Radford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Otter View have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Pelican Point [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pelican Point
      • Pelican Point [Franklin County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the south of Radford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pelican Point have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pelican Point

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 Radford. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Walter Joseph Biggs, Jr.     (Artist)
      • Artist. He was born in Elliston (VA) on June 4, 1886 (a Friday) and died in Roanoke (VA) on February 11, 1968 (a Sunday) at the age of 81. He is buried at Sherwood Burial Park (Salem City, Virginia).
      • Elliston is located 34 miles [54.7 km] to the west of Radford.
      • Roanoke is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Radford.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Walter Joseph Biggs, Jr.<6>
    • Sarah Louise 'Sadie' Delany     (Author)
    • Charles W. 'the Black Cyclone' Follis     (Played both professional football and baseball)
    • Mary Johnston     (Author)
    • Donald Wesley Reno     (Musician)

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Richmond, which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 122 miles [196.3 km]<2> to the east northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Radford to Richmond, with an average speed<7>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 185 miles [297.7 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,083 miles [9,789.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,787 miles [10,922.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,664 miles [7,506 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Radford 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.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Radford) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Radford. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RadfordOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Radford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.1382, Longitude: -79.6178       In this case, the coordinates for Radford have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 Radford, 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 have 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>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Radford to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.485 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.991 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.414 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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