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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Welch [Map], which is the Seat of McDowell County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Rolfe to Welch, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 65 miles [104.6 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 258 miles [415.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,146 miles [9,891 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 6,855 miles [11,032.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,731 miles [7,613.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rolfe ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Rolfe.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Iowa

Pocahontas County

Our profile page for Rolfe, Pocahontas County   [Map]
Distance: About 785 miles [1,263.3 km] to the West Northwest

Michigan

Osceola County

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

Pennsylvania

Elk County

Our profile page for Rolfe, Elk County   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the North Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rolfe ...

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.

Big Four   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West of Rolfe   [Map]
Bottom Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Cherokee   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Clark (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Coaldale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Crumpler   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Elkhorn   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Keystone   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Switchback   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Worth   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [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 Rolfe. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Rolfe

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>
 
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the west of Rolfe

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rolfe. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4179, Longitude: -81.4012     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rolfe 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 Rolfe 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 310.537 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.234 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.061 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 Rolfe 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>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rolfe.



 
 
 

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