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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Williamson [Map], which is the Seat of Mingo County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Ajax to Williamson, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 52 miles [83.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 295 miles [474.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,166 miles [9,923.2 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 6,879 miles [11,070.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,755 miles [7,652.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ajax ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Ajax.

While the name Ajax is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Kentucky

Perry County

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

Louisiana

Natchitoches Parish

Our profile page for Ajax, Natchitoches Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 748 miles [1,203.8 km] to the West Southwest

Ontario

Our profile page for Ajax   [Map]
Distance: About 451 miles [725.8 km] to the North Northeast

Oregon

Gilliam County

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

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Pennsylvania

Venango County

Our profile page for Ajax, Venango County   [Map]
Distance: About 279 miles [449 km] to the North Northeast

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South Dakota

Pennington County

Our profile page for Ajax, Pennington County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,164 miles [1,873.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Texas

Hays County

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

Panola County

Our profile page for Ajax, Panola County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Panola County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Utah

Tooele County

Our profile page for Ajax, Tooele County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,615 miles [2,599.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Pittsylvania County

Our profile page for Ajax, Pittsylvania County   [Map]
Distance: About 160 miles [257.5 km] to the East Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ajax ...

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.

Beauty (KY)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West of Ajax   [Map]
Borderland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Cinderella   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Goodman   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Greyeagle   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Kermit   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lovely (KY)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Parsley   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Parsley Bottom   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Pilgrim (KY)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Rural (KY)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Scarlet   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Stepptown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Stonecoal   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Threeforks (KY)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Trace   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [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 Ajax. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Ajax

Stirrat [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Ajax

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<9>
 
Milalrd 'Dixie' Howell
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Harold (Kentucky) on Wednesday January 7, 1920 and died in Hollywood (Florida) on Friday March 18, 1960 at an age of 40. He was buried at Oak Lawn Cemetery (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Harold [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Ajax

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Milalrd 'Dixie' Howell

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ajax. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8026, Longitude: -82.3046     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ajax 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 Ajax 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 311.077 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.908 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.324 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 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 Ajax 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 Ajax, 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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