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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Clarksburg [Map], which is the Seat of Harrison County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Rockford to Clarksburg, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 88 miles [141.6 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 177 miles [284.9 km] to the East (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,025 miles [9,696.3 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 6,739 miles [10,845.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,614 miles [7,425.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rockford ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Rockford.

While the name Rockford is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 26 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Coosa County

Our profile page for Rockford, Coosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 541 miles [870.7 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Izard County

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

California

Tulare County

Our profile page for Rockford, Tulare County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Tulare County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Rockford, Bingham County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,686 miles [2,713.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Winnebago County

Our profile page for Rockford, Winnebago County   [Map]
Distance: About 505 miles [812.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Jackson County

Our profile page for Rockford, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 298 miles [479.6 km] to the West

Wells County

Our profile page for Rockford, Wells County   [Map]
Distance: About 286 miles [460.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Floyd County

Our profile page for Rockford, Floyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 709 miles [1,141 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Bourbon County

Our profile page for Rockford, Bourbon County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 800 miles [1,287.5 km] to the West

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Michigan

Kent County

Our profile page for Rockford, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 386 miles [621.2 km] to the Northwest

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Minnesota

Wright County

Our profile page for Rockford, Wright County   [Map]
Distance: About 799 miles [1,285.9 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Carroll County

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

Cass County

Our profile page for Rockford, Cass County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 748 miles [1,203.8 km] to the West

Chariton County

Our profile page for Rockford, Chariton County   [Map]
Distance: About 672 miles [1,081.5 km] to the West

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Montana

Fergus County

Our profile page for Rockford, Fergus County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,562 miles [2,513.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Gage County

Our profile page for Rockford, Gage County   [Map]
Distance: About 866 miles [1,393.7 km] to the West

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North Carolina

Surry County

Our profile page for Rockford, Surry County   [Map]
Distance: About 198 miles [318.7 km] to the South

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Ohio

Mercer County

Our profile page for Rockford, Mercer County   [Map]
Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the West Northwest

Tuscarawas County

Our profile page for Rockford, Tuscarawas County   [Map]
Distance: About 106 miles [170.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Rockford   [Map]
Distance: About 373 miles [600.3 km] to the North

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Oregon

Hood River County

Our profile page for Rockford, Hood River County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,125 miles [3,419.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Rockford   [Map]
Distance: About 1,393 miles [2,241.8 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Spartanburg County

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

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Tennessee

Blount County

Our profile page for Rockford, Blount County   [Map]
Distance: About 301 miles [484.4 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

Lamar County

Our profile page for Rockford, Lamar County   [Map]
Distance: About 925 miles [1,488.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Washington

Spokane County

Our profile page for Rockford, Spokane County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,916 miles [3,083.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rockford ...

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.

Berlin   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South of Rockford   [Map]
Homeland   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Jane Lew   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Johnstown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Lost Creek   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Rider   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Romines Mills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sheets Mills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
South Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Harrison County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harrison County: www.harrisoncountywv.com/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1365, Longitude: -80.3323     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockford 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 Rockford 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 309.85 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.705 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.037 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 Rockford 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 Rockford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rockford.



 
 
 

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