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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Ringgold 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 123 miles [197.9 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Ringgold 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 162 miles [260.7 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 Ringgold ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Ringgold.

While the name Ringgold is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Cherokee County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 475 miles [764.4 km] to the Southwest


Hernando County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Hernando County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 766 miles [1,232.8 km] to the South Southwest


Catoosa County

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


Ringgold County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Ringgold County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 755 miles [1,215.1 km] to the West

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Pulaski County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Pulaski County   [Map]
Distance: About 306 miles [492.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Bienville Parish

Our profile page for Ringgold, Bienville Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 896 miles [1,442 km] to the West Southwest

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Washington County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 126 miles [202.8 km] to the East

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Platte County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Platte County
Although located in Platte County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Dawson County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Dawson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Dawson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

McPherson County

Our profile page for Ringgold, McPherson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,099 miles [1,768.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Morgan County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 108 miles [173.8 km] to the West

Pickaway County

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

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 106 miles [170.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 454 miles [730.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Montague County

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

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Pittsylvania County

Our profile page for Ringgold, Pittsylvania County   [Map]
Distance: About 207 miles [333.1 km] to the South

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ringgold ...

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   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest of Ringgold   [Map]
Evans Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Flaggy Meadow   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Gum Spring   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Harmony Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hog Eye   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Jerome Park   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Little Falls   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Pioneer Rocks   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Price Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Richard   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Ridgedale   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Rock Forge   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
South Park   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Ringgold. 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.

Billy Barty     (Born as William John Bertanzetti)
  Actor. He was born in Millsboro (Pennsylvania) on Saturday October 25, 1924 and died in Glendale (California) on Saturday December 23, 2000 at an age of 76. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Millsboro [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Ringgold

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Barty<9>
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 5 miles [8 km] to the north of Ringgold

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts
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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Ringgold

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Ringgold. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ringgold) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ringgold. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5634, Longitude: -79.9431     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ringgold 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 Ringgold 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 309.596 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.48 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.717 degrees.

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<7>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 Ringgold, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Ringgold 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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<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:

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