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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Madison [Map], which is the Seat of Boone County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 28 miles [45.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Ottawa to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full 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 266 miles [428.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,138 miles [9,878.2 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 6,851 miles [11,025.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,727 miles [7,607.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ottawa ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Ottawa.

While the name Ottawa is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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La Salle County

Our profile page for Ottawa, La Salle County   [Map]
Distance: About 440 miles [708.1 km] to the Northwest


Clarke County

Our profile page for Ottawa, Clarke County   [Map]
Distance: About 661 miles [1,063.8 km] to the West Northwest

Polk County

Our profile page for Ottawa, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 662 miles [1,065.4 km] to the West Northwest


Douglas County

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

Franklin County

Our profile page for Ottawa, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 729 miles [1,173.2 km] to the West

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Rockcastle County

Our profile page for Ottawa, Rockcastle County   [Map]
Distance: About 150 miles [241.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Monroe County

Our profile page for Ottawa, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 278 miles [447.4 km] to the North Northwest

Ottawa County

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

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Le Sueur County

Our profile page for Ottawa, Le Sueur County   [Map]
Distance: About 769 miles [1,237.6 km] to the Northwest

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Griggs County

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

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Putnam County

Our profile page for Ottawa, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 242 miles [389.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Ottawa County

Our profile page for Ottawa, Ottawa County   [Map]
Distance: About 714 miles [1,149.1 km] to the West

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Our profile page for Ottawa   [Map]
Distance: About 603 miles [970.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Montour County

Our profile page for Ottawa, Montour County   [Map]
Distance: About 347 miles [558.4 km] to the Northeast

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Waukesha County

Our profile page for Ottawa, Waukesha County   [Map]
Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ottawa ...

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.

Blair   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South of Ottawa   [Map]
Bob White   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Clothier   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Coal Valley   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Five Block   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Greenview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Havana   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lake   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Low Gap   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Sodom   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Spruce Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Stark   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Turtletown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [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 Ottawa. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest of Ottawa

Stirrat [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Ottawa

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<8>
Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Ottawa

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Ottawa. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ottawa) 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 Ottawa. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ottawa

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ottawa. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9578, Longitude: -81.8165     [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 Ottawa 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 310.78 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.59 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.067 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 Ottawa 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>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:

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