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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Algonquin once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Algonquin to:

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Algonquin to Princeton, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 64 miles [103 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 251 miles [403.9 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<4> 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).<5>
  • 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).<6>
  • 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).<7>

Communities Also Named Algonquin ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Algonquin.

While the name Algonquin is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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McHenry County

Our profile page for Algonquin, McHenry County   [Map]
Distance: About 493 miles [793.4 km] to the Northwest


Dorchester County

Our profile page for Algonquin, Dorchester County   [Map]
Distance: About 293 miles [471.5 km] to the East Northeast


Chippewa County

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


Saint Louis County

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

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Franklin County

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

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Carroll County

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

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Our profile page for Algonquin   [Map]
Distance: About 579 miles [931.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Algonquin ...

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.

Basin   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North of Algonquin   [Map]
Bud   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Cherokee   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Clark (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Coaldale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Crumpler   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Elkhorn   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Flipping   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Goodwill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Hiawatha   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Kale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Rock   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Smokeless   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Switchback   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Widemouth (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Worth   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [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 Algonquin. 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 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of Algonquin

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Algonquin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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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 Algonquin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Algonquin. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Algonquin) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Algonquin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4523, Longitude: -81.2995     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Algonquin have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Algonquin to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.476 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.169 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.008 degrees.

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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 Algonquin 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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