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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Vinton 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 Vinton 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 Vinton once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Vinton to:

  • Summersville [Map], which is the Seat of Nicholas County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Vinton to Summersville, with an average speed<3> 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 35 miles [56.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 218 miles [350.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,092 miles [9,804.1 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 6,804 miles [10,950 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,680 miles [7,531.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Vinton ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Vinton.

While the name Vinton is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Plumas County

Our profile page for Vinton, Plumas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,088 miles [3,360.3 km] to the West Northwest


Benton County

Our profile page for Vinton, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 641 miles [1,031.6 km] to the West Northwest


Cowley County

Our profile page for Vinton, Cowley County   [Map]
Distance: About 867 miles [1,395.3 km] to the West

Riley County

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

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Calcasieu Parish

Our profile page for Vinton, Calcasieu Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 906 miles [1,458.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Clay County

Our profile page for Vinton, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 525 miles [844.9 km] to the Southwest

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Bates County

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

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Valley County

Our profile page for Vinton, Valley County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 978 miles [1,573.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Gallia County

Our profile page for Vinton, Gallia County   [Map]
Distance: About 89 miles [143.2 km] to the Northwest

Vinton County

Our profile page for Vinton, Vinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 104 miles [167.4 km] to the Northwest

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Our profile page for Vinton   [Map]
Distance: About 567 miles [912.5 km] to the North Northeast

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El Paso County

Our profile page for Vinton, El Paso County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,504 miles [2,420.5 km] to the West

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Roanoke County

Our profile page for Vinton, Roanoke County   [Map]
Distance: About 89 miles [143.2 km] to the Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Vinton ...

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.

Burl   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of Vinton   [Map]
Elliot (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Jenky   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Lucas   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lyonsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Marvel   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Peters Junction   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Poe   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sparks (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Woods Ferry   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vinton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2276, Longitude: -80.9932     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vinton 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 Vinton 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 310.277 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.056 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.629 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Vinton 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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