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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Rio to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Rio to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Romney [Map], which is the Seat of Hampshire County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Rio to Romney, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 168 miles [270.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 89 miles [143.2 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,956 miles [9,585.3 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 6,666 miles [10,727.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,542 miles [7,309.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rio ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Rio.

While the name Rio is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Florida

Martin County

Our profile page for Rio, Martin County   [Map]
Distance: About 827 miles [1,330.9 km] to the South

Georgia

Spalding County

Our profile page for Rio, Spalding County   [Map]
Distance: About 514 miles [827.2 km] to the Southwest

Illinois

Knox County

Our profile page for Rio, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 633 miles [1,018.7 km] to the West Northwest

Kansas

Ford County

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

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Kentucky

Hart County

Our profile page for Rio, Hart County   [Map]
Distance: About 405 miles [651.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Louisiana

Washington Parish

Our profile page for Rio, Washington Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 861 miles [1,385.6 km] to the Southwest

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Mississippi

Kemper County

Our profile page for Rio, Kemper County   [Map]
Distance: About 726 miles [1,168.4 km] to the Southwest

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New York

Orange County

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

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North Dakota

Stutsman County

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

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Utah

Utah County

Our profile page for Rio, Utah County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,734 miles [2,790.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Albemarle County

Our profile page for Rio, Albemarle County   [Map]
Distance: About 74 miles [119.1 km] to the South

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Wisconsin

Columbia County

Our profile page for Rio, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 623 miles [1,002.6 km] to the West Northwest

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rio. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1384, Longitude: -78.6700     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rio 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 Rio 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 308.847 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.564 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.317 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rio.