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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Clay [Map], which is the Seat of Clay County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 32 miles [51.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from Avoca 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 over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 218 miles [350.8 km] to the East (E). 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 6,085 miles [9,792.9 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 6,798 miles [10,940.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,673 miles [7,520.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Avoca ...

We have found 25 communities that share the name Avoca.

While the name Avoca is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 25 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Avoca, Lawrence County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Benton County

Our profile page for Avoca, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 727 miles [1,170 km] to the West

Florida

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Avoca, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 555 miles [893.2 km] to the South Southwest

Illinois

Livingston County

Our profile page for Avoca, Livingston County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 428 miles [688.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Avoca, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the West

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Iowa

Pottawattamie County

Our profile page for Avoca, Pottawattamie County   [Map]
Distance: About 783 miles [1,260.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Butler County

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

Chase County

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

Jackson County

Our profile page for Avoca, Jackson County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 805 miles [1,295.5 km] to the West

Shawnee County

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

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Kentucky

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Avoca, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 241 miles [387.9 km] to the West

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Louisiana

Saint Mary Parish

Our profile page for Avoca, Saint Mary Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 837 miles [1,347 km] to the Southwest

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Michigan

Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Avoca, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 329 miles [529.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Minnesota

Murray County

Our profile page for Avoca, Murray County   [Map]
Distance: About 846 miles [1,361.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Missouri

Jefferson County

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

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Nebraska

Cass County

Our profile page for Avoca, Cass County   [Map]
Distance: About 816 miles [1,313.2 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Steuben County

Our profile page for Avoca, Steuben County   [Map]
Distance: About 333 miles [535.9 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Bertie County

Our profile page for Avoca, Bertie County   [Map]
Distance: About 292 miles [469.9 km] to the Southeast

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North Dakota

Williams County

Our profile page for Avoca, Williams County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,306 miles [2,101.8 km] to the Northwest

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Oklahoma

Pottawatomie County

Our profile page for Avoca, Pottawatomie County   [Map]
Distance: About 908 miles [1,461.3 km] to the West

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Pennsylvania

Luzerne County

Our profile page for Avoca, Luzerne County   [Map]
Distance: About 344 miles [553.6 km] to the Northeast

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Quebec

Our profile page for Avoca   [Map]
Distance: About 597 miles [960.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Tennessee

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Avoca, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 147 miles [236.6 km] to the South Southwest

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Texas

Jones County

Our profile page for Avoca, Jones County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,113 miles [1,791.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Wisconsin

Iowa County

Our profile page for Avoca, Iowa County   [Map]
Distance: About 584 miles [939.9 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Avoca ...

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.

Clay   -   Less than 2 miles to the West of Avoca   [Map]
Clay Junction   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hartland   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Jamestown (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Little Italy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Morocco (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sand Fork   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Spread   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Two Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Whetstone   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Avoca. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4532, Longitude: -81.0507     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Avoca 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 Avoca 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 310.306 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.123 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.579 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 Avoca, 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Avoca 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 Avoca.



 
 
 

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