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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Winfield [Map], which is the Seat of Putnam County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could walk a straight line from Rock Branch 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.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 259 miles [416.8 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 6,116 miles [9,842.7 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 6,831 miles [10,993.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,707 miles [7,575.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rock Branch ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Rock Branch.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Georgia

Elbert County

Our profile page for Rock Branch, Elbert County   [Map]
Distance: About 295 miles [474.8 km] to the South

Iowa

Woodbury County

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

Kentucky

Wolfe County

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

Mississippi

Newton County

Our profile page for Rock Branch, Newton County   [Map]
Distance: About 576 miles [927 km] to the Southwest

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North Carolina

Harnett County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rock Branch ...

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   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest of Rock Branch   [Map]
Black Betsey   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Cross Lanes   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Institute   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lincoln Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Lone Oak Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Nitro   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Plymouth   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Raymond City   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Rocky Fork   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Rolling Meadows   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Scary   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Strawberry Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sun Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Virginia Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Winter   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [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 Rock Branch. 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 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast of Rock Branch

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Branch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4476, Longitude: -81.8176     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock Branch 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 Rock Branch 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 310.772 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.654 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.912 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Rock Branch 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: findagrave.com.

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