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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Hamlin [Map], which is the Seat of Lincoln County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Alum Creek to Hamlin, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). The buggy would take a little over three hours and walking would take four to five hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 260 miles [418.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,123 miles [9,854 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 6,837 miles [11,003.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,713 miles [7,584.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Alum Creek ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Alum Creek.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Nevada

Mineral County

Our profile page for Alum Creek, Mineral County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Mineral County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Ohio

Delaware County

Our profile page for Alum Creek, Delaware County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 149 miles [239.8 km] to the North Northwest

Franklin County

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

Texas

Bastrop County

Our profile page for Alum Creek, Bastrop County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,045 miles [1,681.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Alum Creek ...

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.

Forks of Coal   -   Less than 2 miles to the South of Alum Creek   [Map]
Green Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Irene   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Ivydale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Lincoln Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Lone Oak Park   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
River Bend   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rock Lake Village   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sun Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Tornado   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [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 Alum Creek. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast of Alum Creek

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lincoln County: www.co.lincoln.wv.us/

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



Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alum Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2868, Longitude: -81.8051     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alum Creek 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 Alum Creek 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 310.767 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.625 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.958 degrees.

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

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<8>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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alum Creek.



 
 
 

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