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Admiral, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Admiral to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Admiral 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 Admiral once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Admiral to:

  • Harrisville [Map], which is the Seat of Ritchie County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 72 miles [115.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Admiral to Charleston, with an average speed<3>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 4 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 215 miles [346 km] to the East (E). 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 6,047 miles [9,731.7 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 6,763 miles [10,884 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,638 miles [7,464.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Admiral ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Admiral.

While the name Admiral is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Admiral, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 229 miles [368.5 km] to the East


Tulsa County

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


Our profile page for Admiral   [Map]
Distance: About 1,499 miles [2,412.4 km] to the Northwest


Callahan County

Our profile page for Admiral, Callahan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,128 miles [1,815.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Admiral ...

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.

Cornwallis   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest of Admiral   [Map]
Crisp (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Duckworth   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Fern   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Finch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Five Forks   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Greenwood   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Hebron   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Highland   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
League   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Lone Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Low Gap   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Maxwell   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pike   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Plum Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Riddle (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Stanley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Star Settlement (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Toll Gate   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Twiggs   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [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 Admiral. 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Admiral

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<9>

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Admiral. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2831, Longitude: -81.0248     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Admiral 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 Admiral 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 310.267 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.202 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.29 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Admiral 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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