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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Welch [Map], which is the Seat of McDowell County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Ashland to Welch, with an average speed<2> 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 66 miles [106.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 255 miles [410.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five 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 6,144 miles [9,887.8 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 6,853 miles [11,028.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,730 miles [7,612.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ashland ...

We have found 56 communities that share the name Ashland.

While the name Ashland is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 56 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Clay County

Our profile page for Ashland, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 381 miles [613.2 km] to the Southwest

Madison County

Our profile page for Ashland, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 339 miles [545.6 km] to the West Southwest

California

Alameda County

Our profile page for Ashland, Alameda County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,213 miles [3,561.5 km] to the West Northwest

Colorado

Kit Carson County

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

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Connecticut

New London County

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

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Delaware

New Castle County

Our profile page for Ashland, New Castle County   [Map]
Distance: About 348 miles [560.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Georgia

Forsyth County

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

Franklin County

Our profile page for Ashland, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 240 miles [386.2 km] to the South Southwest

Oconee County

Our profile page for Ashland, Oconee County   [Map]
Distance: About 272 miles [437.7 km] to the South Southwest

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Illinois

Cass County

Our profile page for Ashland, Cass County   [Map]
Distance: About 496 miles [798.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Henry County

Our profile page for Ashland, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 274 miles [441 km] to the Northwest

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Iowa

Wapello County

Our profile page for Ashland, Wapello County   [Map]
Distance: About 631 miles [1,015.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Clark County

Our profile page for Ashland, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,010 miles [1,625.4 km] to the West

Ford County

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

Geary County

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

Ness County

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

Riley County

Our profile page for Ashland, Riley County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 834 miles [1,342.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Kentucky

Boyd County

Our profile page for Ashland, Boyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 101 miles [162.5 km] to the Northwest

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Louisiana

Concordia Parish

Our profile page for Ashland, Concordia Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 719 miles [1,157.1 km] to the West Southwest

Natchitoches Parish

Our profile page for Ashland, Natchitoches Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 760 miles [1,223.1 km] to the West Southwest

Tensas Parish

Our profile page for Ashland, Tensas Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 681 miles [1,096 km] to the West Southwest

Terrebonne Parish

Our profile page for Ashland, Terrebonne Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 763 miles [1,227.9 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Aroostook County

Our profile page for Ashland, Aroostook County   [Map]
Distance: About 917 miles [1,475.8 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Ashland, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 292 miles [469.9 km] to the East Northeast

Queen Anne's County

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

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Massachusetts

Middlesex County

Our profile page for Ashland, Middlesex County   [Map]
Distance: About 621 miles [999.4 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Alpena County

Our profile page for Ashland, Alpena County   [Map]
Distance: About 549 miles [883.5 km] to the North

Newaygo County

Our profile page for Ashland, Newaygo County   [Map]
Distance: About 469 miles [754.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Benton County

Our profile page for Ashland, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 471 miles [758 km] to the West Southwest

Issaquena County

Our profile page for Ashland, Issaquena County   [Map]
Distance: About 629 miles [1,012.3 km] to the West Southwest

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Ashland, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 686 miles [1,104 km] to the West Southwest

Monroe County

Our profile page for Ashland, Monroe County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 470 miles [756.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Boone County

Our profile page for Ashland, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 599 miles [964 km] to the West Northwest

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Ashland, Saint Louis County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the West

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Montana

Rosebud County

Our profile page for Ashland, Rosebud County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,399 miles [2,251.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Saunders County

Our profile page for Ashland, Saunders County   [Map]
Distance: About 840 miles [1,351.8 km] to the West Northwest

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Ashland   [Map]
Distance: About 941 miles [1,514.4 km] to the Northeast

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New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Ashland, Grafton County   [Map]
Distance: About 668 miles [1,075 km] to the Northeast

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New Jersey

Camden County

Our profile page for Ashland, Camden County   [Map]
Distance: About 381 miles [613.2 km] to the East Northeast

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New York

Cayuga County

Our profile page for Ashland, Cayuga County   [Map]
Distance: About 450 miles [724.2 km] to the North Northeast

Greene County

Our profile page for Ashland, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 502 miles [807.9 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Ashe County

Our profile page for Ashland, Ashe County   [Map]
Distance: About 68 miles [109.4 km] to the South Southwest

Bertie County

Our profile page for Ashland, Bertie County   [Map]
Distance: About 268 miles [431.3 km] to the East Southeast

Caswell County

Our profile page for Ashland, Caswell County   [Map]
Distance: About 125 miles [201.2 km] to the Southeast

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Ohio

Ashland County

Our profile page for Ashland, Ashland County   [Map]
Distance: About 244 miles [392.7 km] to the North

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Oklahoma

Pittsburg County

Our profile page for Ashland, Pittsburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 840 miles [1,351.8 km] to the West

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Oregon

Jackson County

Our profile page for Ashland, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,196 miles [3,534.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Our profile page for Ashland, Clearfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 288 miles [463.5 km] to the North Northeast

Schuylkill County

Our profile page for Ashland, Schuylkill County   [Map]
Distance: About 355 miles [571.3 km] to the Northeast

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Rhode Island

Providence County

Our profile page for Ashland, Providence County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 599 miles [964 km] to the East Northeast

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South Carolina

Darlington County

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

Lee County

Our profile page for Ashland, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 221 miles [355.7 km] to the South Southeast

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Tennessee

Wayne County

Our profile page for Ashland, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 376 miles [605.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Upshur County

Our profile page for Ashland, Upshur County   [Map]
Distance: About 821 miles [1,321.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Hanover County

Our profile page for Ashland, Hanover County   [Map]
Distance: About 213 miles [342.8 km] to the East

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Wisconsin

Ashland County

Our profile page for Ashland, Ashland County   [Map]
Distance: About 798 miles [1,284.3 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ashland ...

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.

Bluestone   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South of Ashland   [Map]
Cherokee   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Clark (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Coaldale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Coopers   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Crumpler   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Elkhorn   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Flipping   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Freeman   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Goodwill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hiawatha   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Keystone   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Smokeless   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Switchback   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Widemouth (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Worth   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [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 Ashland. 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 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Ashland

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 12 miles [19.3 km] to the west of Ashland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ashland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4084, Longitude: -81.3526     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ashland 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 Ashland 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 310.508 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.199 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.044 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 Ashland 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 Ashland, 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ashland.



 
 
 

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