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

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 32 miles [51.5 km] to the South (S). If you could walk a straight line from Ripley to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 251 miles [403.9 km] to the East (E). 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 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,095 miles [9,809 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 6,811 miles [10,961.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,686 miles [7,541.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ripley ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Ripley.

While the name Ripley is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 21 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

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Limestone County

Our profile page for Ripley, Limestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 409 miles [658.2 km] to the Southwest


Cleveland County

Our profile page for Ripley, Cleveland County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the West Southwest


Riverside County

Our profile page for Ripley, Riverside County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,862 miles [2,996.6 km] to the West


Twiggs County

Our profile page for Ripley, Twiggs County   [Map]
Distance: About 431 miles [693.6 km] to the South Southwest

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Brown County

Our profile page for Ripley, Brown County   [Map]
Distance: About 483 miles [777.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Noble County

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

Pulaski County

Our profile page for Ripley, Pulaski County   [Map]
Distance: About 305 miles [490.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Somerset County

Our profile page for Ripley, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 762 miles [1,226.3 km] to the Northeast

Washington County

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Distance: About 816 miles [1,313.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Charles County

Our profile page for Ripley, Charles County   [Map]
Distance: About 250 miles [402.3 km] to the East

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Houghton County

Our profile page for Ripley, Houghton County   [Map]
Distance: About 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Tippah County

Our profile page for Ripley, Tippah County   [Map]
Distance: About 489 miles [787 km] to the West Southwest

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Jackson County

Our profile page for Ripley, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 676 miles [1,087.9 km] to the West

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Ripley, Lincoln County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,793 miles [2,885.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Clark County

Our profile page for Ripley, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,862 miles [2,996.6 km] to the West

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Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Ripley, Chautauqua County   [Map]
Distance: About 260 miles [418.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Brown County

Our profile page for Ripley, Brown County   [Map]
Distance: About 115 miles [185.1 km] to the West

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Payne County

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Distance: About 854 miles [1,374.4 km] to the West

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Our profile page for Ripley   [Map]
Distance: About 362 miles [582.6 km] to the North

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Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Ripley, Lauderdale County   [Map]
Distance: About 479 miles [770.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Titus County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ripley ...

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.

Cottageville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of Ripley   [Map]
Danstown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Evans   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Fairplain   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Flatwoods   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hemlock   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Independence   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Jones Crossing   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mentor (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Murray   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
New Era   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Parchment Valley   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pleasant Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Salt Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sandyville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Skidmore   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Jackson County

About West Virginia

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ripley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ripley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ripley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8199, Longitude: -81.7086     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ripley 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 Ripley 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 310.698 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.624 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.744 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 Ripley, 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 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 Ripley 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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