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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 35 miles [56.3 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could walk a straight line from Otto to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 225 miles [362.1 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 6,078 miles [9,781.6 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 6,793 miles [10,932.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,668 miles [7,512.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Otto ...

We have found 25 communities that share the name Otto.

While the name Otto is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 25 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arkansas

Faulkner County

Our profile page for Otto, Faulkner County   [Map]
Distance: About 657 miles [1,057.3 km] to the West Southwest

Colorado

Chaffee County

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

Georgia

Union County

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

Illinois

Fulton County

Our profile page for Otto, Fulton County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 490 miles [788.6 km] to the West Northwest

Kankakee County

Our profile page for Otto, Kankakee County   [Map]
Distance: About 387 miles [622.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Clark County

Our profile page for Otto, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 229 miles [368.5 km] to the West

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Kansas

Cowley County

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

Marshall County

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

Nemaha County

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

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Manitoba

Our profile page for Otto   [Map]
Distance: About 1,152 miles [1,854 km] to the Northwest

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Minnesota

Beltrami County

Our profile page for Otto, Beltrami County   [Map]
Distance: About 928 miles [1,493.5 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Otto, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 501 miles [806.3 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Webster County

Our profile page for Otto, Webster County
This community is historic.
Although located in Webster County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Mexico

Torrance County

Our profile page for Otto, Torrance County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,387 miles [2,232.2 km] to the West

Union County

Our profile page for Otto, Union County
This community is historic.
Although located in Union County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for Otto, Cattaraugus County   [Map]
Distance: About 278 miles [447.4 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Macon County

Our profile page for Otto, Macon County   [Map]
Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the South Southwest

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Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

Our profile page for Otto, Allegheny County   [Map]
Distance: About 130 miles [209.2 km] to the North Northeast

Northumberland County

Our profile page for Otto, Northumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 271 miles [436.1 km] to the East Northeast

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South Carolina

Abbeville County

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

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Tennessee

Pickett County

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

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Texas

Falls County

Our profile page for Otto, Falls County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,012 miles [1,628.7 km] to the West Southwest

Hardin County

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

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Wyoming

Big Horn County

Our profile page for Otto, Big Horn County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,443 miles [2,322.3 km] to the West Northwest

Laramie County

Our profile page for Otto, Laramie County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,443 miles [2,322.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Otto ...

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.

Adam   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast of Otto   [Map]
Beech   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Buffalolick (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Chloe   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Clover   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Green Acres   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Leaning Oak   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Leatherbark   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Liberty Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Looneyville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Millstone   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Nancy Run   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pink   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Quiet Vale   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rushville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sand Ridge   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Speed   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Stringtown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Walnut Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Roane County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Otto. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7523, Longitude: -81.2210     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Otto 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 Otto 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 310.402 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.277 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.554 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 Otto 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 Otto, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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