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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 77 miles [123.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Ada to Charleston, with an average speed<2>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 [Map]) is 249 miles [400.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,140 miles [9,881.4 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 6,849 miles [11,022.4 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>

Communities Also Named Ada ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Ada.

While the name Ada is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States.

In addition to the above occurrences of Ada, we know of 7 communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities located internationally


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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 AlabamaLouisianaOklahomaTexas
 ArkansasMichiganOregonVirginia
 GeorgiaMinnesotaSouth CarolinaWisconsin
 KansasOhioSouth Dakota 

Alabama

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Ada, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Conway County

Our profile page for Ada, Conway County   [Map]
Distance: About 670 miles [1,078.3 km] to the West

Georgia

Dooly County

Our profile page for Ada, Dooly County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Dooly County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Kansas

Ottawa County

Our profile page for Ada, Ottawa County   [Map]
Distance: About 915 miles [1,472.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Louisiana

Bienville Parish

Our profile page for Ada, Bienville Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 753 miles [1,211.8 km] to the West Southwest

Grant Parish

Our profile page for Ada, Grant Parish
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Grant Parish, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Michigan

Kent County

Our profile page for Ada, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 452 miles [727.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Minnesota

Norman County

Our profile page for Ada, Norman County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,042 miles [1,676.9 km] to the Northwest

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Ohio

Hardin County

Our profile page for Ada, Hardin County   [Map]
Distance: About 279 miles [449 km] to the North Northwest

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Oklahoma

Pontotoc County

Our profile page for Ada, Pontotoc County   [Map]
Distance: About 883 miles [1,421.1 km] to the West

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Oregon

Lane County

Our profile page for Ada, Lane County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,268 miles [3,650 km] to the West Northwest

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South Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for Ada, Union County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 189 miles [304.2 km] to the South

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South Dakota

Jerauld County

Our profile page for Ada, Jerauld County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Jerauld County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Texas

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Ada, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 945 miles [1,520.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Fauquier County

Our profile page for Ada, Fauquier County   [Map]
Distance: About 205 miles [329.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Wisconsin

Sheboygan County

Our profile page for Ada, Sheboygan County   [Map]
Distance: About 575 miles [925.4 km] to the Northwest

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Communities Located Internationally

Just a reminder: Our measurements are based on the Great Circle Route. See footnote <3>


Bosnia and Herzegovina   [Map]

Distance: About 4,860 miles [7,821.4 km] to the Northeast

Spain   [Map]

Distance: About 3,772 miles [6,070.4 km] to the East Northeast

Ghana   [Map]

Distance: About 5,272 miles [8,484.5 km] to the East

Croatia   [Map]

Distance: About 4,858 miles [7,818.2 km] to the Northeast

India   [Map]

Distance: About 8,279 miles [13,323.8 km] to the North Northeast

Japan   [Map]

Distance: About 7,611 miles [12,248.7 km] to the North Northwest

Serbia   [Map]

Distance: About 4,900 miles [7,885.8 km] to the Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ada ...

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.

Billie (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast of Ada   [Map]
Blake (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Brush Fork   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Edison   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Green Valley   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Hardy   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Kale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Lilly Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Littlesburg   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Maple View   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Rock   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rocky Gap (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Round Bottom (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sandlick   -   5 miles [8 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 Ada. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Ada

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
 
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Ada

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ada. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2948, Longitude: -81.1468     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ada 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 Ada 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 310.387 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.044 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.994 degrees.

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<7>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 Ada 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.

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<8>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 Ada, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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.

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