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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 131 miles [210.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Rodemer to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 141 miles [226.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,982 miles [9,627.1 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 6,695 miles [10,774.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,571 miles [7,356.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rodemer ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Rodemer.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Allen County

Our profile page for Rodemer, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 405 miles [651.8 km] to the West Southwest


Hickman County

Our profile page for Rodemer, Hickman County   [Map]
Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the West Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rodemer ...

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.

Amboy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South of Rodemer   [Map]
Aurora   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Camp Ground   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Erwin   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Freeport   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Kanetown   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Kingwood   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lake Ford (MD)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mountain View   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Salt Lick   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Sunnyside (MD)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [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 Rodemer. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest of Rodemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<7>
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Rodemer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rodemer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4156, Longitude: -79.5931     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rodemer 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 Rodemer 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 309.39 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.224 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.616 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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