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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 132 miles [212.4 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Albright to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 145 miles [233.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,980 miles [9,623.9 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 6,694 miles [10,772.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,570 miles [7,354.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Albright ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Albright.

While the name Albright is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Our profile page for Albright   [Map]
Distance: About 2,117 miles [3,407 km] to the Northwest


Clark County

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


Lincoln County

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


Wright County

Our profile page for Albright, Wright County   [Map]
Distance: About 833 miles [1,340.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Cascade County

Our profile page for Albright, Cascade County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,646 miles [2,649 km] to the West Northwest

Rosebud County

Our profile page for Albright, Rosebud County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,428 miles [2,298.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Douglas County

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

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Alamance County

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

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Sumner County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Albright ...

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.

Camp Ground   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest of Albright   [Map]
Cranesville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Herring   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Kanes Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Kingwood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lake Ford (MD)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Mountain View   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Reedsville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Salt Lick   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Sugar Valley   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Valley Point   -   5 miles [8 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 Albright. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest of Albright

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Albright

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Albright

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Albright. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Albright

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Albright. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4936, Longitude: -79.6392     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Albright 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 Albright 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 309.414 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.263 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.609 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 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 Albright 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 Albright, 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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