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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Philippi [Map], which is the Seat of Barbour County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 94 miles [151.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Volga 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 6 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 166 miles [267.2 km] to the East (E). 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 6,019 miles [9,686.6 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 6,732 miles [10,834.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,608 miles [7,415.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Volga ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Volga.

While the name Volga is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Indiana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Volga, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 289 miles [465.1 km] to the West

Iowa

Clayton County

Our profile page for Volga, Clayton County   [Map]
Distance: About 647 miles [1,041.2 km] to the West Northwest

Kentucky

Johnson County

Our profile page for Volga, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 169 miles [272 km] to the West Southwest

Manitoba

Our profile page for Volga   [Map]
Distance: About 1,279 miles [2,058.4 km] to the Northwest

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North Carolina

Madison County

Our profile page for Volga, Madison County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Madison County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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South Dakota

Brookings County

Our profile page for Volga, Brookings County   [Map]
Distance: About 935 miles [1,504.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Texas

Houston County

Our profile page for Volga, Houston County
Although located in Houston County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Wisconsin

Polk County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Volga ...

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.

Boulder   -   Less than 2 miles to the East of Volga   [Map]
Century   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Century Junction   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Elk City   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Five Forks   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Independence   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Longview   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Murphy   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Pecks Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Peeltree   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ruraldale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Swamp Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Union   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Volga. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Volga. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Volga) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Volga. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0784, Longitude: -80.1354     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Volga 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 Volga 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 309.732 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.563 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.972 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 Volga 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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