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(Mercer County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Ruth once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Ruth to:

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Ruth to Princeton, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 71 miles [114.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 257 miles [413.6 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,147 miles [9,892.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,856 miles [11,033.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,732 miles [7,615.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Ruth ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Ruth.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Ruth. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 25 communities in the United States - with 26 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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 IndianaMississippiOhioWashington

Alabama

Marshall County

Our profile page for Ruth, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 356 miles [572.9 km] to the West Southwest

Arkansas

Fulton County

Our profile page for Ruth, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 599 miles [964 km] to the West

California

Trinity County

Our profile page for Ruth, Trinity County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,246 miles [3,614.6 km] to the West Northwest

Georgia

Greene County

Our profile page for Ruth, Greene County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 286 miles [460.3 km] to the South Southwest

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Indiana

Wells County

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

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Kansas

Decatur County

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

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Kentucky

Breckinridge County

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

Caldwell County

Our profile page for Ruth, Caldwell County   [Map]
Distance: About 352 miles [566.5 km] to the West

Pulaski County

Our profile page for Ruth, Pulaski County   [Map]
Distance: About 175 miles [281.6 km] to the West

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Louisiana

Saint Martin Parish

Our profile page for Ruth, Saint Martin Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 777 miles [1,250.5 km] to the Southwest

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Michigan

Huron County

Our profile page for Ruth, Huron County   [Map]
Distance: About 446 miles [717.8 km] to the North

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Mississippi

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Ruth, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 655 miles [1,054.1 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Jasper County

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

Stone County

Our profile page for Ruth, Stone County   [Map]
Distance: About 665 miles [1,070.2 km] to the West

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Nevada

White Pine County

Our profile page for Ruth, White Pine County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,817 miles [2,924.2 km] to the West Northwest

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New Mexico

Guadalupe County

Our profile page for Ruth, Guadalupe County
This community is historic.
Although located in Guadalupe County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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North Carolina

Forsyth County

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

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Ruth, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 139 miles [223.7 km] to the South Southwest

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Ohio

Marion County

Our profile page for Ruth, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 246 miles [395.9 km] to the North Northwest

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South Carolina

Horry County

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

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Tennessee

Hardin County

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

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Texas

Coryell County

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

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Virginia

Madison County

Our profile page for Ruth, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 180 miles [289.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Washington

Benton County

Our profile page for Ruth, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,036 miles [3,276.6 km] to the West Northwest

Lewis County

Our profile page for Ruth, Lewis County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,209 miles [3,555 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ruth ...

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.

Abbs Valley (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast of Ruth   [Map]
Big Vein (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Bluestone   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Cherokee   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Coaldale   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Coopers   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Falls Mills (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Flipping   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Freeman   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Goodwill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Pocahontas (VA)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Switchback   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Yards   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Ruth. 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Ruth

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
 
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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Ruth

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>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 Ruth, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Ruth. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ruth) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruth. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3382, Longitude: -81.3415     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ruth have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Ruth to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.502 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.183 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.061 degrees.

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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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Ruth 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: findagrave.com.

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