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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Harrisville [Map], which is the Seat of Ritchie County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 60 miles [96.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Rutherford to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 222 miles [357.3 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 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 6,058 miles [9,749.4 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 6,774 miles [10,901.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,650 miles [7,483.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rutherford ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Rutherford.

While the name Rutherford is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Russell County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Russell County   [Map]
Distance: About 533 miles [857.8 km] to the South Southwest


Yavapai County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Yavapai County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Yavapai County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Independence County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Independence County   [Map]
Distance: About 615 miles [989.7 km] to the West Southwest


Napa County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Napa County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,200 miles [3,540.6 km] to the West Northwest

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New Castle County

Our profile page for Rutherford, New Castle County   [Map]
Distance: About 295 miles [474.8 km] to the East

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Oconee County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Oconee County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 384 miles [618 km] to the South Southwest

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Champaign County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Champaign County   [Map]
Distance: About 371 miles [597.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Harlan County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Harlan County   [Map]
Distance: About 186 miles [299.3 km] to the Southwest

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Attala County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Attala County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 642 miles [1,033.2 km] to the Southwest

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Bergen County

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

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Our profile page for Rutherford   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the North

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Dauphin County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Dauphin County   [Map]
Distance: About 246 miles [395.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Gibson County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Gibson County   [Map]
Distance: About 475 miles [764.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Fairfax County

Our profile page for Rutherford, Fairfax County   [Map]
Distance: About 211 miles [339.6 km] to the East

Rockingham County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Rutherford ...

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   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North of Rutherford   [Map]
Cornwallis   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Dutchman   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Low Gap   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Nutter Farm   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Oxbow   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Petroleum   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pew Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Racy   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Six Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Rutherford. 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 23 miles [37 km] to the northwest of Rutherford

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 Rutherford. 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 that begins in Rutherford. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rutherford) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rutherford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1506, Longitude: -81.1707     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rutherford 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 Rutherford 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 310.36 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.289 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.399 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 Rutherford, 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 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 Rutherford 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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