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1890 Communities Near Rift ...

We largely built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. Over time, we will continue to add communities that we find during on-going research.

We largely built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. Over time, we will continue to add communities that we find during on-going research.

If it applies, we indicate whether a community no longer exists and is now historic.<1>

While we didn't find Rift in the Atlas, the following communities of the 1890's would have been found near the current location of Rift.

Algoma   (McDowell County)       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the Northeast (NE) from Rift
 - Algoma had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bailey (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rift
 - Bailey had railroad service and no post office
 
Bearwallow (VA)   (Buchanan County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bearwallow had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bradshaw   (McDowell County)       [Map]  
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rift
 - Bradshaw had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cedar Bluff (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 302 people (with 1,061 people in 2016)
 - Cedar Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
 
Doran (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rift
 - Doran had a post office and railroad service
 
Elkhorn   (McDowell County)       [Map]  
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Elkhorn had a post office and railroad service
 
Ennis   (McDowell County)       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rift
 - Ennis had a post office and railroad service
 
Five Oaks (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rift
 - Five Oaks had a post office and railroad service
 
Gap Store (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Gap Store had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gillespie (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Rift
 - Gillespie had railroad service and no post office
 
Harman (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rift
 - Harman had a post office and no railroad service
 
Iaeger   (McDowell County)       [Map]  
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 51 people (with 267 people in 2016)
 - Iaeger had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kyle   (McDowell County)       [Map]  
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rift
 - Kyle had a post office and no railroad service
 
Maxwell (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rift
 - Maxwell had a post office and railroad service
 
Pisgah (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rift
 - Pisgah had a post office and railroad service
 
Pleasant Hill (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rift
 - Pleasant Hill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pounding Mill (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South (S) from Rift
 - Pounding Mill had a post office and railroad service
 
Powhatan   (McDowell County)       [Map]  
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rift
 - Powhatan had a post office and railroad service
 
Richlands (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rift
 - Richlands had a post office and railroad service
 
Sayersville (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Sayersville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Shack Mills (VA)   (Buchanan County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Shack Mills had a post office and no railroad service
 
Shraders (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Shraders had a post office and no railroad service
 
Springville (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rift
 - Springville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Steeleburg (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Steeleburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Switchback   (McDowell County)       [Map]  
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rift
 - Switchback had railroad service and no post office
 
Thompson Valley (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Thompson Valley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wittens Mills (VA)   (Tazewell County (VA))       [Map]  
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rift
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Wittens Mills had a post office and no railroad service

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Rift, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Rift. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rift) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rift. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2848, Longitude: -81.6718     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rift have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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