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River Bend, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in River Bend and extending to:

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from River Bend to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E). The buggy would take nearly four hours and walking would take five to six hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 262 miles [421.6 km] to the East (E). 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 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,122 miles [9,852.4 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 6,837 miles [11,003.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,712 miles [7,583.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named River Bend ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name River Bend.

While the name River Bend is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Bibb County

Our profile page for River Bend, Bibb County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Bibb County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Cullman County

Our profile page for River Bend, Cullman County   [Map]

Distance: About 402 miles [647 km] to the Southwest.

Tallapoosa County

Our profile page for River Bend, Tallapoosa County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 444 miles [714.5 km] to the South Southwest.


Elbert County

Our profile page for River Bend, Elbert County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Elbert County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for River Bend, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 736 miles [1,184.5 km] to the South.


Dougherty County

Our profile page for River Bend, Dougherty County   [Map]

Distance: About 494 miles [795 km] to the South Southwest.


Bossier Parish

Our profile page for River Bend, Bossier Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 778 miles [1,252.1 km] to the West Southwest.

Saint Bernard Parish

Our profile page for River Bend, Saint Bernard Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 743 miles [1,195.7 km] to the Southwest.


Prince George's County

Our profile page for River Bend, Prince George's County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Prince George's County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Clinton County

Our profile page for River Bend, Clinton County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Clinton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Jackson County

Our profile page for River Bend, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 677 miles [1,089.5 km] to the West.

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Craven County

Our profile page for River Bend, Craven County   [Map]

Distance: About 344 miles [553.6 km] to the Southeast.


Hidalgo County

Our profile page for River Bend, Hidalgo County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,259 miles [2,026.2 km] to the Southwest.

Newton County

Our profile page for River Bend, Newton County

Although located in Newton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Stafford County

Our profile page for River Bend, Stafford County   [Map]

Distance: About 243 miles [391.1 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near River Bend ...

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.

Amandaville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North of River Bend   [Map]

Green Valley   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Lincoln Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lone Oak Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Nitro   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Strawberry Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Sun Valley   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Tornado   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Virginia Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 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 River Bend. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)

Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of River Bend

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in River Bend. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3515, Longitude: -81.8485     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for River Bend 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 River Bend 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 310.793 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.663 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.956 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 River Bend 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 River Bend, 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:

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