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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Weston [Map], which is the Seat of Lewis County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 73 miles [117.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Roanoke to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 185 miles [297.7 km] to the East (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,040 miles [9,720.4 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 6,754 miles [10,869.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,629 miles [7,449.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Roanoke ...

We have found 20 communities that share the name Roanoke.

While the name Roanoke is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 20 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Randolph County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 483 miles [777.3 km] to the Southwest

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 762 miles [1,226.3 km] to the South

Georgia

Ben Hill County

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

Stewart County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Stewart County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 540 miles [869 km] to the South Southwest

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Illinois

Woodford County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Woodford County   [Map]
Distance: About 478 miles [769.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Huntington County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Huntington County   [Map]
Distance: About 294 miles [473.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Hamilton County

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

Meade County

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

Stanton County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Stanton County
This community is historic.
Although located in Stanton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Kentucky

Larue County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Larue County   [Map]
Distance: About 295 miles [474.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Louisiana

Jefferson Davis Parish

Our profile page for Roanoke, Jefferson Davis Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 918 miles [1,477.4 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Howard County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 653 miles [1,050.9 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Douglas County

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

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New Mexico

Chaves County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Chaves County
This community is historic.
Although located in Chaves County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New York

Genesee County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Genesee County   [Map]
Distance: About 304 miles [489.2 km] to the North Northeast

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South Carolina

Pickens County

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

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South Dakota

Faulk County

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

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Texas

Denton County

Our profile page for Roanoke, Denton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,018 miles [1,638.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Roanoke City

Our profile page for Roanoke, Roanoke City   [Map]
Distance: About 118 miles [189.9 km] to the South Southeast

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Roanoke, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,154 miles [3,466.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Roanoke ...

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.

Arnold   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest of Roanoke   [Map]
Deanville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Freeman   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Georgetown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Hickory Hills   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Homewood   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Ireland   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Jewell   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Orlando   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pricetown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Quiet Dale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Shady Brook   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Walkersville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roanoke. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9318, Longitude: -80.4929     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roanoke 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 Roanoke 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 309.954 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.793 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.177 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 Roanoke 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 Roanoke, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Roanoke.