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Rockridge, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Rockridge to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Rockridge to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Welch [Map], which is the Seat of McDowell County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Rockridge to Welch, 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 67 miles [107.8 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 280 miles [450.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,165 miles [9,921.6 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 6,876 miles [11,065.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,752 miles [7,647.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rockridge ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Rockridge.

While the name Rockridge is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Alameda County

Our profile page for Rockridge, Alameda County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,193 miles [3,529.3 km] to the West Northwest


Heard County

Our profile page for Rockridge, Heard County   [Map]
Distance: About 337 miles [542.3 km] to the Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rockridge ...

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.

Apple Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Rockridge   [Map]
Beartown   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Dan   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
English   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Erin   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Height   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Hull   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Johnnycake   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Panther   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Peapatch   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Sandy Huff   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Slate (VA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Union City   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Rockridge. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rockridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3768, Longitude: -81.8268     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockridge 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 Rockridge 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 310.793 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.52 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.253 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rockridge.