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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies just to the Southeast (SE).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 254 miles [408.8 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Rocky Fork to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 15 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,112 miles [9,836.3 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 6,827 miles [10,987 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,702 miles [7,567.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rocky Fork ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Rocky Fork.

While the name Rocky Fork is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Licking County

Our profile page for Rocky Fork, Licking County   [Map]
Distance: About 121 miles [194.7 km] to the North Northwest


Rutherford County

Our profile page for Rocky Fork, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 319 miles [513.4 km] to the West Southwest

Unicoi County

Our profile page for Rocky Fork, Unicoi County   [Map]
Distance: About 173 miles [278.4 km] to the South Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rocky Fork ...

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.

Black Betsey   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of Rocky Fork   [Map]
Cross Lanes   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Elk   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Green Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Institute   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Legg   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lincoln Park   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mound (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Nitro   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Plymouth   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Raymond City   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Rock Branch   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Rock Lake Village   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Scary   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Winter   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Rocky Fork. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast of Rocky Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<7>

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Fork. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4554, Longitude: -81.7226     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rocky Fork 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 Rocky Fork 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 310.714 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.589 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.869 degrees.

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<7>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:

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