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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Harrisville [Map], which is the Seat of Ritchie County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Rusk to Harrisville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 59 miles [95 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). 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 226 miles [363.7 km] to the East (E). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,062 miles [9,755.8 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 6,778 miles [10,908.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,653 miles [7,488.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rusk ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Rusk.

While the name Rusk 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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Martin County

Our profile page for Rusk, Martin County   [Map]
Distance: About 298 miles [479.6 km] to the West


Pocahontas County

Our profile page for Rusk, Pocahontas County   [Map]
Distance: About 743 miles [1,195.7 km] to the West Northwest


Ottawa County

Our profile page for Rusk, Ottawa County   [Map]
Distance: About 360 miles [579.4 km] to the Northwest

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Surry County

Our profile page for Rusk, Surry County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 199 miles [320.3 km] to the South

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Woods County

Our profile page for Rusk, Woods County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Woods County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Johnson County

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

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Cherokee County

Our profile page for Rusk, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 930 miles [1,496.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Dunn County

Our profile page for Rusk, Dunn County   [Map]
Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rusk ...

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.

Cairo   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast of Rusk   [Map]
Deerwalk   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Freeport   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Greencastle   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Low Gap   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Nutter Farm   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Oil Spring   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Oxbow   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Petroleum   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Pew Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Racy   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Sandhill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Six Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [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 Rusk. 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 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Rusk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rusk. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1551, Longitude: -81.2540     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rusk 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 Rusk 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 310.411 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.347 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.434 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 Rusk, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Rusk 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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<9>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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