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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Union [Map], which is the Seat of Monroe County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Ballard to Union, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 76 miles [122.3 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 225 miles [362.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 6,117 miles [9,844.4 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 6,825 miles [10,983.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,702 miles [7,567.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ballard ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Ballard.

While the name Ballard is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 18 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Fayette County

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

Arkansas

Sharp County

Our profile page for Ballard, Sharp County   [Map]
Distance: About 607 miles [976.9 km] to the West

California

Santa Barbara County

Our profile page for Ballard, Santa Barbara County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,188 miles [3,521.2 km] to the West

Florida

Lee County

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

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Illinois

McLean County

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

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Kansas

Smith County

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

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Kentucky

Anderson County

Our profile page for Ballard, Anderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 232 miles [373.4 km] to the West

Menifee County

Our profile page for Ballard, Menifee County   [Map]
Distance: About 163 miles [262.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Maryland

Prince George's County

Our profile page for Ballard, Prince George's County   [Map]
Distance: About 229 miles [368.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Massachusetts

Essex County

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

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Mississippi

Madison County

Our profile page for Ballard, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 623 miles [1,002.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Bates County

Our profile page for Ballard, Bates County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 729 miles [1,173.2 km] to the West

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North Carolina

Martin County

Our profile page for Ballard, Martin County   [Map]
Distance: About 228 miles [366.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Oklahoma

Adair County

Our profile page for Ballard, Adair County   [Map]
Distance: About 768 miles [1,236 km] to the West

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Ballard, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,669 miles [2,686 km] to the West Northwest

Uintah County

Our profile page for Ballard, Uintah County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,572 miles [2,529.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Patrick County

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

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Ballard, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,199 miles [3,538.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ballard ...

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.

Assurance   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East of Ballard   [Map]
Bozoo   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Cloverdale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Crumps Bottom   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gray Sulphur Springs (VA) (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Greenville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hill Top   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Indian Mills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lick Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Marie   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Peterstown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Rich Creek (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [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 Ballard. 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.

Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Newport (Virginia) on Friday August 10, 1923 and died in Charlotte (North Carolina) on Monday April 28, 1980 at an age of 56. He was buried at Sharon Memorial Park (Mecklenburg County, North Carolina) [Map].

Newport [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of Ballard

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ballard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4748, Longitude: -80.7788     [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 Ballard 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 310.164 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.816 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.783 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 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 Ballard 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 Ballard, 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 Ballard.



 
 
 

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