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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Sutton [Map], which is the Seat of Braxton County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 45 miles [72.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from Rockton to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 206 miles [331.5 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,069 miles [9,767.1 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 6,782 miles [10,914.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,658 miles [7,496.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rockton ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Rockton.

While the name Rockton is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Winnebago County

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


Marshall County

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


Wabaunsee County

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


Alger County

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

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for Rockton, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 459 miles [738.7 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Wake County

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

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Our profile page for Rockton   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the North

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Clearfield County

Our profile page for Rockton, Clearfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 205 miles [329.9 km] to the North Northeast

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South Carolina

Fairfield County

Our profile page for Rockton, Fairfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 295 miles [474.8 km] to the South

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Vernon County

Our profile page for Rockton, Vernon County   [Map]
Distance: About 613 miles [986.5 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rockton ...

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.

Bison   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East of Rockton   [Map]
Dingy   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Duck   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Frame Knob (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Frametown   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Gassaway   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Ira   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Little Otter   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Meadville (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Middle Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Shadyside   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Strange Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Twistville (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6195, Longitude: -80.8562     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockton 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 Rockton 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 310.184 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.009 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.44 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 Rockton 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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