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Violet, West Virginia

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The location of Violet

Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Marlinton [Map], which is the Seat of Pocahontas County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 81 miles [130.4 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Violet to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 175 miles [281.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,060 miles [9,752.6 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 6,770 miles [10,895.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,646 miles [7,477 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Violet ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Violet.

While the name Violet is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arkansas County

Our profile page for Violet, Arkansas County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Arkansas County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Solano County

Our profile page for Violet, Solano County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 2,247 miles [3,616.2 km] to the West Northwest.


Meriwether County

Our profile page for Violet, Meriwether County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Meriwether County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Saint Bernard Parish

Our profile page for Violet, Saint Bernard Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 797 miles [1,282.6 km] to the Southwest.


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Violet, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 746 miles [1,200.6 km] to the West Southwest.


Polk County

Our profile page for Violet, Polk County   [Map]

Distance: About 718 miles [1,155.5 km] to the West.


Pawnee County

Our profile page for Violet, Pawnee County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 872 miles [1,403.3 km] to the West Northwest.

North Carolina

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Violet, Cherokee County   [Map]

Distance: About 304 miles [489.2 km] to the Southwest.


Mercer County

Our profile page for Violet, Mercer County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Mercer County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Ottawa County

Our profile page for Violet, Ottawa County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 271 miles [436.1 km] to the North Northwest.


Our profile page for Violet   [Map]

Distance: About 455 miles [732.3 km] to the North Northeast.


Nueces County

Our profile page for Violet, Nueces County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,235 miles [1,987.5 km] to the West Southwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Violet ...

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.

Beard   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest of Violet   [Map]

Buckeye   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Burr   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Huntersville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Knapp   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Locust   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Mill Run (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Minnehaha Springs   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Raintown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Spice   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Thorny Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Violet. 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.

Mary Johnston

Author. She was born in Buchanan (Virginia) on Monday November 21, 1870 and died in Warm Springs (Virginia) on Saturday May 9, 1936 at an age of 65. She was buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Buchanan [Map] is located 50 miles [80.5 km] to the southeast of Violet

Warm Springs [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the east of Violet

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Johnston<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Violet. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1571, Longitude: -80.1420     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Violet 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 Violet 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 309.768 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.465 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.29 degrees.

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<7>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 Violet 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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<8>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 Violet, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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