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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Aurora to Kingwood, 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 130 miles [209.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 138 miles [222.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,984 miles [9,630.3 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 6,697 miles [10,777.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,573 miles [7,359.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Aurora ...

We have found 43 communities that share the name Aurora.

While the name Aurora is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 43 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Etowah County

Our profile page for Aurora, Etowah County   [Map]
Distance: About 513 miles [825.6 km] to the Southwest

Alaska

Our profile page for Aurora   [Map]
Distance: About 3,170 miles [5,101.6 km] to the North Northwest

Arkansas

Madison County

Our profile page for Aurora, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 805 miles [1,295.5 km] to the West Southwest

California

Stanislaus County

Our profile page for Aurora, Stanislaus County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,223 miles [3,577.6 km] to the West

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Colorado

Arapahoe County

Our profile page for Aurora, Arapahoe County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,341 miles [2,158.1 km] to the West

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Florida

Brevard County

Our profile page for Aurora, Brevard County   [Map]
Distance: About 775 miles [1,247.2 km] to the South

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Aurora, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 799 miles [1,285.9 km] to the South Southwest

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Georgia

Lumpkin County

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

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Illinois

Kane County

Our profile page for Aurora, Kane County   [Map]
Distance: About 488 miles [785.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Dearborn County

Our profile page for Aurora, Dearborn County   [Map]
Distance: About 286 miles [460.3 km] to the West

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Iowa

Buchanan County

Our profile page for Aurora, Buchanan County   [Map]
Distance: About 673 miles [1,083.1 km] to the West Northwest

Keokuk County

Our profile page for Aurora, Keokuk County   [Map]
Distance: About 682 miles [1,097.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Clark County

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

Cloud County

Our profile page for Aurora, Cloud County   [Map]
Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the West

Coffey County

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

Cowley County

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

Jewell County

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

Norton County

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

Osage County

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

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Kentucky

Marshall County

Our profile page for Aurora, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

Hancock County

Our profile page for Aurora, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 689 miles [1,108.8 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Gogebic County

Our profile page for Aurora, Gogebic County   [Map]
Distance: About 726 miles [1,168.4 km] to the Northwest

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Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Aurora, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 849 miles [1,366.3 km] to the Northwest

Steele County

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

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Missouri

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Aurora, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 785 miles [1,263.3 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Aurora, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 978 miles [1,573.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Nevada

Mineral County

Our profile page for Aurora, Mineral County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 2,101 miles [3,381.2 km] to the West

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New Mexico

Colfax County

Our profile page for Aurora, Colfax County
This community is historic.
Although located in Colfax County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Mora County

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

San Miguel County

Our profile page for Aurora, San Miguel County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,447 miles [2,328.7 km] to the West

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New York

Cayuga County

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

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North Carolina

Beaufort County

Our profile page for Aurora, Beaufort County   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the South Southeast

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Ohio

Portage County

Our profile page for Aurora, Portage County   [Map]
Distance: About 167 miles [268.8 km] to the Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Aurora   [Map]
Distance: About 322 miles [518.2 km] to the North

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Oregon

Marion County

Our profile page for Aurora, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,217 miles [3,567.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Bradford County

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

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South Dakota

Brookings County

Our profile page for Aurora, Brookings County   [Map]
Distance: About 943 miles [1,517.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Texas

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Aurora, Jefferson County
This community is historic.
Although located in Jefferson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Wise County

Our profile page for Aurora, Wise County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,087 miles [1,749.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Sevier County

Our profile page for Aurora, Sevier County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,725 miles [2,776.1 km] to the West

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Wisconsin

Florence County

Our profile page for Aurora, Florence County   [Map]
Distance: About 622 miles [1,001 km] to the Northwest

Washington County

Our profile page for Aurora, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 534 miles [859.4 km] to the Northwest

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Wyoming

Carbon County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Aurora ...

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.

Amboy   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest of Aurora   [Map]
Breedlove (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Erwin   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Freeport   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Horse Shoe Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Red House (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Salt Lick   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sell   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Silver Lake   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sunnyside (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [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 Aurora. 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.

Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Aurora

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Aurora. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Aurora

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aurora. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3243, Longitude: -79.5542     [Map].

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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 Aurora 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 309.37 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.188 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.632 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 Aurora 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 Aurora, 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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