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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Fayetteville [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 34 miles [54.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). If you could walk a straight line from Ames to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 225 miles [362.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,103 miles [9,821.8 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 6,814 miles [10,966.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,690 miles [7,547.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ames ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Ames.

While the name Ames is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arkansas

Nevada County

Our profile page for Ames, Nevada County   [Map]
Distance: About 746 miles [1,200.6 km] to the West Southwest

Colorado

San Miguel County

Our profile page for Ames, San Miguel County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,453 miles [2,338.4 km] to the West

Illinois

Monroe County

Our profile page for Ames, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 487 miles [783.8 km] to the West

Indiana

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Ames, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 338 miles [544 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Story County

Our profile page for Ames, Story County   [Map]
Distance: About 715 miles [1,150.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Cloud County

Our profile page for Ames, Cloud County   [Map]
Distance: About 884 miles [1,422.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Michigan

Alger County

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

Menominee County

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

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Minnesota

Hubbard County

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

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Nebraska

Dodge County

Our profile page for Ames, Dodge County   [Map]
Distance: About 855 miles [1,376 km] to the West Northwest

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New Hampshire

Belknap County

Our profile page for Ames, Belknap County   [Map]
Distance: About 633 miles [1,018.7 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Ames, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 472 miles [759.6 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Union County

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

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Oklahoma

Major County

Our profile page for Ames, Major County   [Map]
Distance: About 948 miles [1,525.7 km] to the West

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South Dakota

Hand County

Our profile page for Ames, Hand County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,025 miles [1,649.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Texas

Coryell County

Our profile page for Ames, Coryell County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,047 miles [1,685 km] to the West Southwest

Liberty County

Our profile page for Ames, Liberty County   [Map]
Distance: About 956 miles [1,538.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ames ...

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   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast of Ames   [Map]
Carver (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Chimney Corner   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Cotton Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Edmond   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hawks Nest   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hopewell   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Michigan (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Mountain Cove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sunnyside (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ames. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Ames. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ames) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ames. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0862, Longitude: -81.0859     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ames 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 Ames 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 310.336 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.103 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.714 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 Ames, 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 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 Ames 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ames.



 
 
 

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