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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 122 miles [196.3 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Ridgedale to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 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 161 miles [259.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than 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 5,990 miles [9,640 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 6,705 miles [10,790.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,580 miles [7,370.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ridgedale ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Ridgedale.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Ridgedale. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 14 communities in the United States and Canada - with 13 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Ridgedale   [Map]
Distance: About 2,160 miles [3,476.2 km] to the West Northwest

Georgia

Floyd County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Floyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 470 miles [756.4 km] to the Southwest

Idaho

Oneida County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Oneida County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,699 miles [2,734.3 km] to the West Northwest

Iowa

Polk County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, 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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Kentucky

Edmonson County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Edmonson County   [Map]
Distance: About 377 miles [606.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Taney County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Taney County   [Map]
Distance: About 751 miles [1,208.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Ohio

Stark County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Stark County   [Map]
Distance: About 118 miles [189.9 km] to the Northwest

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Ridgedale   [Map]
Distance: About 1,470 miles [2,365.7 km] to the Northwest

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Tennessee

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 381 miles [613.2 km] to the Southwest

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 428 miles [688.8 km] to the Southwest

Knox County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 332 miles [534.3 km] to the Southwest

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 240 miles [386.2 km] to the South Southwest

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Virginia

Prince William County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Prince William County   [Map]
Distance: About 150 miles [241.4 km] to the East Southeast

Smyth County

Our profile page for Ridgedale, Smyth County   [Map]
Distance: About 200 miles [321.9 km] to the South Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ridgedale ...

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.

Booth   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest of Ridgedale   [Map]
Cascade   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Edna   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Evans Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Everettville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Flaggy Meadow   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Gum Spring   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Harmony Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hog Eye   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Jerome Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Little Falls   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Lowsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
National   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Park Hills   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Pioneer Rocks   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Price Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Richard   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Richwood (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Rock Forge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
South Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [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 Ridgedale. 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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the north of Ridgedale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<8>
 
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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Ridgedale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald Ron Lancaster

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Communities in West Virginia

About Monongalia County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Monongalia County: www.co.monongalia.wv.us/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgedale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5470, Longitude: -79.9356     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgedale 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 Ridgedale 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 309.592 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.474 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.72 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Ridgedale 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ridgedale.