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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Akron to ...

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

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

  • Middlebourne [Map], which is the Seat of Tyler County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 85 miles [136.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Akron 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 204 miles [328.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,032 miles [9,707.6 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 6,748 miles [10,859.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,623 miles [7,440 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Akron ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Akron.

While the name Akron is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 18 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Hale County

Our profile page for Akron, Hale County   [Map]
Distance: About 593 miles [954.3 km] to the Southwest


Independence County

Our profile page for Akron, Independence County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 637 miles [1,025.2 km] to the West Southwest


Washington County

Our profile page for Akron, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,186 miles [1,908.7 km] to the West


Peoria County

Our profile page for Akron, Peoria County   [Map]
Distance: About 477 miles [767.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Fulton County

Our profile page for Akron, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the West Northwest

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Plymouth County

Our profile page for Akron, Plymouth County   [Map]
Distance: About 851 miles [1,369.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Cowley County

Our profile page for Akron, Cowley County   [Map]
Distance: About 887 miles [1,427.5 km] to the West

Dickinson County

Our profile page for Akron, Dickinson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Dickinson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Douglas County

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

Kingman County

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

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Tuscola County

Our profile page for Akron, Tuscola County   [Map]
Distance: About 319 miles [513.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Kemper County

Our profile page for Akron, Kemper County   [Map]
Distance: About 630 miles [1,013.9 km] to the Southwest

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Harrison County

Our profile page for Akron, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 692 miles [1,113.7 km] to the West

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Boone County

Our profile page for Akron, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 926 miles [1,490.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Erie County

Our profile page for Akron, Erie County   [Map]
Distance: About 276 miles [444.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Summit County

Our profile page for Akron, Summit County   [Map]
Distance: About 120 miles [193.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Our profile page for Akron   [Map]
Distance: About 675 miles [1,086.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Akron, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,635 miles [2,631.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Akron ...

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.

Bearsville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West of Akron   [Map]
Big Moses   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Blue   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Centerville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Deep Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Link   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Little Pittsburg   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Locke   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Meeker   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Mountain   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Stringtown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Akron. 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.

Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard
  Suffragette. She was born in Woodsfield (Ohio) on Friday November 10, 1826 and died in Saint Louis (Missouri) on Friday March 1, 1912 at an age of 85. She was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Woodsfield [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest of Akron

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Akron. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4148, Longitude: -80.8057     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Akron 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 Akron 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 310.128 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.064 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.149 degrees.

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<7>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 Akron, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Akron 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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<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:

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