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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies just to the South.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 44 miles [70.8 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Riley to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 235 miles [378.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,118 miles [9,846 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 6,828 miles [10,988.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,704 miles [7,570.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Riley ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Riley.

While the name Riley is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 23 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Monroe County

Our profile page for Riley, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 539 miles [867.4 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Ashley County

Our profile page for Riley, Ashley County   [Map]
Distance: About 667 miles [1,073.4 km] to the West Southwest

Yell County

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

British Columbia

Our profile page for Riley   [Map]
Distance: About 1,885 miles [3,033.6 km] to the Northwest

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California

Tehama County

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

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Illinois

McHenry County

Our profile page for Riley, McHenry County   [Map]
Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the Northwest

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Indiana

Hancock County

Our profile page for Riley, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the West Northwest

Vigo County

Our profile page for Riley, Vigo County   [Map]
Distance: About 348 miles [560.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Riley County

Our profile page for Riley, Riley County   [Map]
Distance: About 851 miles [1,369.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Kentucky

Marion County

Our profile page for Riley, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 215 miles [346 km] to the West

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Maine

Franklin County

Our profile page for Riley, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 730 miles [1,174.8 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Clinton County

Our profile page for Riley, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 397 miles [638.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Riley, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 888 miles [1,429.1 km] to the Northwest

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Mississippi

Attala County

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

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New Mexico

Socorro County

Our profile page for Riley, Socorro County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,468 miles [2,362.5 km] to the West

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North Carolina

Franklin County

Our profile page for Riley, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 202 miles [325.1 km] to the Southeast

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Ohio

Vinton County

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

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Oklahoma

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

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Oregon

Harney County

Our profile page for Riley, Harney County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,027 miles [3,262.1 km] to the West Northwest

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South Carolina

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Riley, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 290 miles [466.7 km] to the South

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Tennessee

Claiborne County

Our profile page for Riley, Claiborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 152 miles [244.6 km] to the Southwest

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Riley, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,649 miles [2,653.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Wisconsin

Dane County

Our profile page for Riley, Dane County   [Map]
Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Riley ...

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.

Beaver   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South of Riley   [Map]
Blue Jay   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Clifftop   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Cranberry   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Daniels   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Dry Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Grandview   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Harper   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Harper Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Johnstown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Lee   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Maple Fork   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mount Hope   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Piney View   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Price Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Prosperity   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Spangler Factory (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Stonewall (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Terry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Terry Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Turkey Knob   -   5 miles [8 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 Riley. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest of Riley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8154, Longitude: -81.1609     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riley 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 Riley 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 310.387 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.121 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.834 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 Riley 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 Riley, 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Riley.



 
 
 

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