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

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

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

  • Grantsville [Map], which is the Seat of Calhoun County, lies just to the South.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 52 miles [83.7 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could walk a straight line from Ayers to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • 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 6,063 miles [9,757.5 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 6,778 miles [10,908.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,654 miles [7,489.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ayers ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Ayers.

While the name Ayers is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Hernando County

Our profile page for Ayers, Hernando County   [Map]
Distance: About 730 miles [1,174.8 km] to the South


Bond County

Our profile page for Ayers, Bond County   [Map]
Distance: About 448 miles [721 km] to the West

Carroll County

Our profile page for Ayers, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 518 miles [833.6 km] to the West Northwest

Champaign County

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

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Whitley County

Our profile page for Ayers, Whitley County   [Map]
Distance: About 235 miles [378.2 km] to the Southwest

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Washington County

Our profile page for Ayers, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 821 miles [1,321.3 km] to the Northeast

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Attala County

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

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Marlboro County

Our profile page for Ayers, Marlboro County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 311 miles [500.5 km] to the South Southeast

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Dyer County

Our profile page for Ayers, Dyer County   [Map]
Distance: About 508 miles [817.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Scott County

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

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Platte County

Our profile page for Ayers, Platte County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,268 miles [2,040.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ayers ...

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.

Big Springs   -   Less than 2 miles to the East of Ayers   [Map]
Brohard   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Dutchman   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Five Forks   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Freed   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Grantsville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Henrietta   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Iris (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Joker   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pleasant Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Purdy   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ayers. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9781, Longitude: -81.0984     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ayers 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 Ayers 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 310.321 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.218 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.425 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 Ayers 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 Ayers, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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