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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Rock 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 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 to:

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies just to the East.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 71 miles [114.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Rock 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 4 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 250 miles [402.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 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 6,140 miles [9,881.4 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 6,849 miles [11,022.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,726 miles [7,605.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rock ...

We have found 22 communities that share the name Rock.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Rock. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 21 communities in the United States - with 23 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arkansas

Madison County

Our profile page for Rock, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 702 miles [1,129.8 km] to the West

Florida

Hernando County

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

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Rock, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 661 miles [1,063.8 km] to the South

Georgia

Upson County

Our profile page for Rock, Upson County   [Map]
Distance: About 348 miles [560.1 km] to the South Southwest

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Illinois

Pope County

Our profile page for Rock, Pope County   [Map]
Distance: About 405 miles [651.8 km] to the West

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Iowa

Cerro Gordo County

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

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Kansas

Cowley County

Our profile page for Rock, Cowley County   [Map]
Distance: About 864 miles [1,390.5 km] to the West

Republic County

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

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Kentucky

Graves County

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

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Louisiana

Grant Parish

Our profile page for Rock, Grant Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 766 miles [1,232.8 km] to the West Southwest

Rapides Parish

Our profile page for Rock, Rapides Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the West Southwest

Sabine Parish

Our profile page for Rock, Sabine Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 822 miles [1,322.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Maryland

Cecil County

Our profile page for Rock, Cecil County   [Map]
Distance: About 315 miles [506.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Massachusetts

Plymouth County

Our profile page for Rock, Plymouth County   [Map]
Distance: About 631 miles [1,015.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Delta County

Our profile page for Rock, Delta County   [Map]
Distance: About 673 miles [1,083.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Minnesota

Redwood County

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

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Mississippi

Alcorn County

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

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Missouri

Vernon County

Our profile page for Rock, Vernon County   [Map]
Distance: About 726 miles [1,168.4 km] to the West

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Ohio

Tuscarawas County

Our profile page for Rock, Tuscarawas County   [Map]
Distance: About 202 miles [325.1 km] to the North

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Pennsylvania

Schuylkill County

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

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South Carolina

Pickens County

Our profile page for Rock, 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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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rock ...

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.

Abbs Valley (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest of Rock   [Map]
Billie (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Bluestone   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Brush Fork   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Cherokee   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Coaldale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Coopers   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Edison   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Flipping   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Freeman   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Goodwill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Green Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hiawatha   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Kale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Littlesburg   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Maple View   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sandlick   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Smokeless   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Widemouth (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 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 Rock. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of Rock

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
 
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Rock

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...



The Communities of West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3679, Longitude: -81.2220     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock 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 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 310.431 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.105 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.002 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 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 Rock, 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rock.



 
 
 

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