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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Rock Oak 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 Rock Oak 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 Oak to:

  • Moorefield [Map], which is the Seat of Hardy County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Rock Oak to Moorefield, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 165 miles [265.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 92 miles [148.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,958 miles [9,588.5 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 6,668 miles [10,731.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,544 miles [7,312.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rock Oak ...

While the name Rock Oak is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Ohio

Athens County

Our profile page for Rock Oak, Athens County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Athens County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rock Oak ...

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.

Bean Settlement   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest of Rock Oak   [Map]
Fort Run   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Frenchburg   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Furnace (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Inkerman   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Kirby   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Meadow   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Needmore   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Pancake   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sector   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Shanks   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Yellow Spring   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Oak. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1484, Longitude: -78.7358     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock Oak 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 Oak 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 308.886 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.61 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.342 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 Rock Oak, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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