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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Middle Fork, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Middle Fork and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Middle Fork:
    • 38.913436, -80.078967
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Middle Fork
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Middle Fork ...

We have found seven communities that share the name Middle Fork.

There are two communities within West Virginia that are also named Middle Fork.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another five communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Located In West Virginia ...
    • Barbour County
      • This Middle Fork is located in Barbour County and lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of the Middle Fork that is located in Randolph County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middle Fork
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Barbour County community of Middle Fork.
    • Kanawha County
      • This Middle Fork is located in Kanawha County and lies 77 miles [123.9 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Middle Fork that is located in Randolph County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middle Fork
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kanawha County community of Middle Fork.
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • California
      • Shasta County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the California community of Middle Fork [Shasta County].
    • Kentucky
      • Elliott County
      • This Middle Fork is located in Elliott County and lies 172 miles [276.8 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Middle Fork that is located in Randolph County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middle Fork
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Elliott County community of Middle Fork.
      • Morgan County
      • This Middle Fork is located in Morgan County and lies 176 miles [283.2 km] to the west southwest of the Middle Fork that is located in Randolph County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middle Fork
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Morgan County community of Middle Fork.
    • North Carolina
      • Transylvania County
      • This Middle Fork is located in Transylvania County and lies 302 miles [486 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Middle Fork that is located in Randolph County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middle Fork
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Transylvania County community of Middle Fork.
    • Tennessee
      • Henderson County
      • This Middle Fork is located in Henderson County and lies 517 miles [832 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Middle Fork that is located in Randolph County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middle Fork
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Henderson County community of Middle Fork.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Middle Fork ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Fisher [Randolph County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fisher
    • Fisher [Randolph County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Middle Fork
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fisher have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Five Forks [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Five Forks
    • Five Forks [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Middle Fork
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Five Forks have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Five Forks
  • Gale [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gale
    • Gale [Upshur County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Middle Fork
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gale have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gale
  • Heavener Grove [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heavener Grove
    • Heavener Grove [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Middle Fork
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Heavener Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heavener Grove
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    • Ivy [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ivy
      • Ivy [Upshur County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ivy have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ivy
    • Jeff Scotts [Randolph County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jeff Scotts
      • Jeff Scotts [Randolph County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jeff Scotts have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jimtown [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jimtown
      • Jimtown [Randolph County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jimtown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jimtown
    • Kingsville [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kingsville
      • Kingsville [Randolph County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kingsville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kingsville
    • Mabie [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mabie
      • Mabie [Randolph County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mabie have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mabie
    • Pumpkintown [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pumpkintown
      • Pumpkintown [Randolph County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pumpkintown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pumpkintown
    • Queens [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Queens
      • Queens [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Queens have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queens
    • Roaring Creek Junction [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roaring Creek Junction
      • Roaring Creek Junction [Randolph County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roaring Creek Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roaring Creek Junction
    • Sand Run [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sand Run
      • Sand Run [Upshur County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sand Run have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sand Run
    • Sellers [Upshur County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sellers
      • Sellers [Upshur County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sellers have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Skidmore [Barbour County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Skidmore
      • Skidmore [Barbour County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Skidmore have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Tenmile [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tenmile
      • Tenmile [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tenmile have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tenmile
    • Vegan [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vegan
      • Vegan [Upshur County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Middle Fork
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vegan have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vegan

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 Middle Fork. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Marshall 'Biggie' Goldberg     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Elkins (West Virginia) on Wednesday October 24, 1917 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Monday April 3, 2006 at the age of 88. He is buried at Ridge Lawn Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois).
      • Elkins is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the east of Middle Fork.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marshall 'Biggie' Goldberg<4>
    • Reverend Robert S. Graetz     (Minister, activist)
      • Minister, activist. He was born in Clarksburg (West Virginia) on Wednesday May 16, 1928 and died in Montgomery (Alabama) on Sunday September 20, 2020 at the age of 92. We don't have any burial details.
      • Clarksburg is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest of Middle Fork.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reverend Robert S. Graetz<4>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<5> community of Middle Fork once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Middle Fork and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Elkins, which is the Seat of Randolph County and lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east. If you could walk a straight line from Middle Fork to Elkins, with an average speed<6> 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, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 92 miles [148.1 km] to the west southwest (WSW). 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 6 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 163 miles [262.3 km] to the east (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,024 miles [9,694.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,737 miles [10,842.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,612 miles [7,422.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Randolph County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Middle Fork. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9134, Longitude: -80.0790       In this case, the coordinates for Middle Fork have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Middle Fork 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.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>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.
<5>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 Middle Fork, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<6>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.
<7>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 Middle Fork to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.704 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.506 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.005 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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