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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Martinsburg [Map], which is the Seat of Berkeley County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Ridgeway to Martinsburg, with an average speed<2> 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 [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 202 miles [325.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 61 miles [98.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,924 miles [9,533.8 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 6,633 miles [10,674.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,509 miles [7,256.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ridgeway ...

We have found 36 communities that share the name Ridgeway.

While the name Ridgeway is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 36 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alaska

Our profile page for Ridgeway   [Map]
Distance: About 3,348 miles [5,388.1 km] to the Northwest

Arkansas

Boone County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 849 miles [1,366.3 km] to the West

Connecticut

Fairfield County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Fairfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the East Northeast

Georgia

Harris County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Harris County   [Map]
Distance: About 590 miles [949.5 km] to the Southwest

Heard County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Heard County   [Map]
Distance: About 574 miles [923.8 km] to the Southwest

Newton County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Newton County   [Map]
Distance: About 506 miles [814.3 km] to the Southwest

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Indiana

Allen County

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

Howard County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 443 miles [712.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Winneshiek County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Winneshiek County   [Map]
Distance: About 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Ford County

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

Osage County

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

Shawnee County

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

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Kentucky

Harlan County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Harlan County   [Map]
Distance: About 320 miles [515 km] to the West Southwest

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Maryland

Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 75 miles [120.7 km] to the East

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 70 miles [112.7 km] to the East

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Michigan

Lenawee County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Lenawee County   [Map]
Distance: About 355 miles [571.3 km] to the Northwest

Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Saint Clair County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Saint Clair County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Minnesota

Winona County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Winona County   [Map]
Distance: About 764 miles [1,229.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Missouri

Harrison County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 843 miles [1,356.7 km] to the West

Jackson County

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

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Montana

Carter County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Carter County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,407 miles [2,264.3 km] to the West Northwest

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New Jersey

Ocean County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Ocean County   [Map]
Distance: About 207 miles [333.1 km] to the East Northeast

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New York

Orleans County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Orleans County   [Map]
Distance: About 274 miles [441 km] to the North

Westchester County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Westchester County   [Map]
Distance: About 256 miles [412 km] to the East Northeast

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North Carolina

Warren County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 197 miles [317 km] to the South

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Ohio

Gallia County

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

Hardin County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Hardin County   [Map]
Distance: About 302 miles [486 km] to the West Northwest

Muskingum County

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

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Ontario

Our profile page for Ridgeway   [Map]
Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the North

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South Carolina

Fairfield County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Fairfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 379 miles [609.9 km] to the South Southwest

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Tennessee

McMinn County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, McMinn County   [Map]
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

Hopkins County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Hopkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,070 miles [1,722 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Halifax County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Halifax County   [Map]
Distance: About 181 miles [291.3 km] to the South Southwest

Henry County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 211 miles [339.6 km] to the South Southwest

Pittsylvania County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Pittsylvania County   [Map]
Distance: About 176 miles [283.2 km] to the South Southwest

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Wisconsin

Iowa County

Our profile page for Ridgeway, Iowa County   [Map]
Distance: About 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ridgeway ...

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.

Brucetown (VA)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South of Ridgeway   [Map]
Cedar Grove (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Cedar Hill (VA)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Clear Brook (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gordondale (VA)   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Green Spring (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Jamestown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jordan Springs (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Leetown (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Rest (VA)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Rocky Ford (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Summit Point   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [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 Ridgeway. 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.

Belle Boyd
  Civil war Confederate spy. She was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday May 9, 1844 and died in Wisconsin Dells (Wisconsin) on Monday June 11, 1900 at an age of 56. She was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery (Columbia County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Martinsburg [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast of Ridgeway

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<9>
 
John Brown
  Abolitionist, activist. He was born in Torrington (Connecticut) on Friday May 9, 1800 and died in Charles Town (West Virginia) on Friday December 2, 1859 at an age of 59.

Charles Town [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Ridgeway

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown

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About Berkeley County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Berkeley County: www.berkeleycountycomm.org/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgeway. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2973, Longitude: -78.0717     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgeway 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 Ridgeway 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 308.48 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.171 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.001 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 Ridgeway 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 Ridgeway, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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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