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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Fairmont [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies just to the East.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 106 miles [170.6 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Carolina to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 177 miles [284.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,007 miles [9,667.3 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 6,722 miles [10,818 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,598 miles [7,399.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Carolina ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Carolina.

While the name Carolina is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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 AlabamaLouisianaSouth Carolina 
 FloridaMississippiTexas 
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Alabama

Covington County

Our profile page for Carolina, Covington County   [Map]
Distance: About 668 miles [1,075 km] to the Southwest

Florida

Osceola County

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

Georgia

Gwinnett County

Our profile page for Carolina, Gwinnett County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 435 miles [700.1 km] to the South Southwest

Kansas

Doniphan County

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

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Louisiana

Bienville Parish

Our profile page for Carolina, Bienville Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 867 miles [1,395.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Mississippi

Issaquena County

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

Itawamba County

Our profile page for Carolina, Itawamba County   [Map]
Distance: About 585 miles [941.5 km] to the Southwest

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North Carolina

Alamance County

Our profile page for Carolina, Alamance County   [Map]
Distance: About 235 miles [378.2 km] to the South

Gaston County

Our profile page for Carolina, Gaston County   [Map]
Distance: About 288 miles [463.5 km] to the South Southwest

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Rhode Island

Washington County

Our profile page for Carolina, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 472 miles [759.6 km] to the East Northeast

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South Carolina

Dillon County

Our profile page for Carolina, Dillon County   [Map]
Distance: About 341 miles [548.8 km] to the South

Marion County

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

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Texas

Walker County

Our profile page for Carolina, Walker County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,041 miles [1,675.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Carolina ...

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.

Downs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest of Carolina   [Map]
Enterprise   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Four States   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Helens Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Highland   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Homewood   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Katy   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Killarm   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Long Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Oak Grove (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Stringtown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Wahoo   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [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 Carolina. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Carolina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northeast of Carolina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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About Marion County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Carolina. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Marion County: www.marioncountywv.com/

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 beginning in Carolina. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Carolina) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Carolina. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4804, Longitude: -80.2734     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Carolina 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 Carolina 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 309.801 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.701 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.892 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 Carolina 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 Carolina, 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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