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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Elizabeth [Map], which is the Seat of Wirt County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 47 miles [75.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Rover 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 235 miles [378.2 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,075 miles [9,776.8 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 6,791 miles [10,929.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,666 miles [7,509.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rover ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Rover.

While the name Rover is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Tallapoosa County

Our profile page for Rover, Tallapoosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the South Southwest


Yell County

Our profile page for Rover, Yell County   [Map]
Distance: About 717 miles [1,153.9 km] to the West Southwest


Spalding County

Our profile page for Rover, Spalding County   [Map]
Distance: About 432 miles [695.2 km] to the South Southwest


Benewah County

Our profile page for Rover, Benewah County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,842 miles [2,964.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Howard County

Our profile page for Rover, Howard County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 237 miles [381.4 km] to the East

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Oregon County

Our profile page for Rover, Oregon County   [Map]
Distance: About 577 miles [928.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Beaufort County

Our profile page for Rover, Beaufort County   [Map]
Distance: About 348 miles [560.1 km] to the Southeast

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Bedford County

Our profile page for Rover, Bedford County   [Map]
Distance: About 365 miles [587.4 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rover ...

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.

Cherry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East of Rover   [Map]
Elizabeth   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Enterprise   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Ivan   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Palestine   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Peewee   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Standingstone (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Two Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Windy   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Zackville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [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 Rover. 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.

August 'Gus' Wagner
  Tatto artist, wood carver, painter. He was born in Marietta (Ohio) on Sunday June 16, 1872 and died on Tueday June 10, 1941 at an age of 69. He was buried at Homestead Cemetery (Chase County, Kansas) [Map].

Marietta [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Rover

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rover. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rover. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0145, Longitude: -81.4271     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rover 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 Rover 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 310.521 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.451 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.557 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Rover, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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:

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