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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • New Martinsville [Map], which is the Seat of Wetzel County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Rockport to New Martinsville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day 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 109 miles [175.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 197 miles [317 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,010 miles [9,672.2 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 6,726 miles [10,824.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,602 miles [7,406.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rockport ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Rockport.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Rockport. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 27 communities in the United States and Canada - with 26 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

Hot Spring County

Our profile page for Rockport, Hot Spring County   [Map]
Distance: About 765 miles [1,231.1 km] to the West Southwest

California

Mendocino County

Our profile page for Rockport, Mendocino County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,273 miles [3,658 km] to the West Northwest

Colorado

Weld County

Our profile page for Rockport, Weld County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,273 miles [2,048.7 km] to the West Northwest

Florida

Hillsborough County

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

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Illinois

Pike County

Our profile page for Rockport, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 554 miles [891.6 km] to the West

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Indiana

Parke County

Our profile page for Rockport, Parke County   [Map]
Distance: About 355 miles [571.3 km] to the West

Spencer County

Our profile page for Rockport, Spencer County   [Map]
Distance: About 370 miles [595.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Kansas

Rooks County

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

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Kentucky

Ohio County

Our profile page for Rockport, Ohio County   [Map]
Distance: About 382 miles [614.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

Knox County

Our profile page for Rockport, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 666 miles [1,071.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Massachusetts

Essex County

Our profile page for Rockport, Essex County   [Map]
Distance: About 555 miles [893.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Alpena County

Our profile page for Rockport, Alpena County   [Map]
Distance: About 405 miles [651.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Attala County

Our profile page for Rockport, Attala County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 680 miles [1,094.4 km] to the Southwest

Copiah County

Our profile page for Rockport, Copiah County   [Map]
Distance: About 764 miles [1,229.5 km] to the Southwest

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Rockport   [Map]
Distance: About 913 miles [1,469.3 km] to the East Northeast

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New Jersey

Sussex County

Our profile page for Rockport, Sussex County   [Map]
Distance: About 332 miles [534.3 km] to the East Northeast

Warren County

Our profile page for Rockport, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 310 miles [498.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Allen County

Our profile page for Rockport, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 197 miles [317 km] to the West Northwest

Cuyahoga County

Our profile page for Rockport, Cuyahoga County   [Map]
Distance: About 138 miles [222.1 km] to the North Northwest

Monroe County

Our profile page for Rockport, Monroe County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West

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Ontario

Our profile page for Rockport   [Map]
Distance: About 400 miles [643.7 km] to the Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Carbon County

Our profile page for Rockport, Carbon County   [Map]
Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the East Northeast

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South Dakota

Hanson County

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

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Tennessee

Benton County

Our profile page for Rockport, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 481 miles [774.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Aransas County

Our profile page for Rockport, Aransas County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,237 miles [1,990.8 km] to the Southwest

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Utah

Summit County

Our profile page for Rockport, Summit County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,617 miles [2,602.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Washington

Skagit County

Our profile page for Rockport, Skagit County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,094 miles [3,370 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rockport ...

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.

Anthem   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of Rockport   [Map]
Big Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Dean   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Deep Valley (PA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Georgetown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Howard (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hundred   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Knob Fork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Littleton   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Ned (PA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Uniontown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Wheat   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [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 Rockport. 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.

Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard
  Suffragette. She was born in Woodsfield (Ohio) on Friday November 10, 1826 and died in Saint Louis (Missouri) on Friday March 1, 1912 at an age of 85. She was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Woodsfield [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Rockport

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard<9>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Rockport

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
 
William Holmes McGuffey
  Author, educator. He was born in Claysville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday September 23, 1800 and died in Charlottesville (Virginia) on Sunday May 4, 1873 at an age of 72.

Claysville [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Rockport

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Holmes McGuffey

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockport. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.7076, Longitude: -80.5812     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockport 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 Rockport 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 309.98 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.939 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.948 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 Rockport 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 Rockport, 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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