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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Polk to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Polk to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Ripley [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Polk to Ripley, 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 five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 49 miles [78.9 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 255 miles [410.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,088 miles [9,797.7 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 6,805 miles [10,951.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,681 miles [7,533.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Polk ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Polk.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Dallas County

Our profile page for Polk, Dallas County   [Map]
Distance: About 548 miles [881.9 km] to the South Southwest

California

Sacramento County

Our profile page for Polk, Sacramento County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,115 miles [3,403.8 km] to the West Northwest

Illinois

Will County

Our profile page for Polk, Will County   [Map]
Distance: About 343 miles [552 km] to the West Northwest

Iowa

Polk County

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

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Kansas

Crawford County

Our profile page for Polk, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 708 miles [1,139.4 km] to the West

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Missouri

Polk County

Our profile page for Polk, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Polk County

Our profile page for Polk, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 855 miles [1,376 km] to the West Northwest

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North Carolina

Harnett County

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

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Ohio

Ashland County

Our profile page for Polk, Ashland County   [Map]
Distance: About 132 miles [212.4 km] to the North

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Oklahoma

Kay County

Our profile page for Polk, Kay County   [Map]
Distance: About 869 miles [1,398.5 km] to the West

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Oregon

Polk County

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

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Pennsylvania

Venango County

Our profile page for Polk, Venango County   [Map]
Distance: About 188 miles [302.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Tennessee

Obion County

Our profile page for Polk, Obion County   [Map]
Distance: About 442 miles [711.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Bowie County

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

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Wisconsin

Green County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Polk ...

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.

Bald Knobs (OH)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest of Polk   [Map]
Keno (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lone Cedar   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Long Bottom (OH)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Neptune   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Pond Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Randolph Landing (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Reedsville (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rushville (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Shade River (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Skull Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Spiller (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Polk. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0512, Longitude: -81.7962     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Polk 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 Polk 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 310.746 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.714 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.707 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 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 Polk 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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