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Rita, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Logan [Map], which is the Seat of Logan County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 43 miles [69.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Rita 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 just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 276 miles [444.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,152 miles [9,900.7 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 6,864 miles [11,046.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,740 miles [7,628.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rita ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Rita.

While the name Rita is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Lafourche Parish

Our profile page for Rita, Lafourche Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 746 miles [1,200.6 km] to the Southwest


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


Luzerne County

Our profile page for Rita, Luzerne County   [Map]
Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the Northeast


Knox County

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

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Burleson County

Our profile page for Rita, Burleson County   [Map]
Distance: About 968 miles [1,557.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rita ...

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.

Argyle   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of Rita   [Map]
Chambers   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Crown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Crystal Block   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dog Patch   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Don   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Greenville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Huff Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Landville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mallory   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Man   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Monitor   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Red Campbell   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Rum Junction   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Sarah Ann   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sunbeam   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Superior Bottom   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [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 Rita. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest of Rita

Stirrat [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest of Rita

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rita. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7704, Longitude: -81.9321     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rita 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 Rita 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 310.852 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.646 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.175 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Rita 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>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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