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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Alum Springs 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 Alum Springs 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 Alum Springs once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Alum Springs to:

  • Lewisburg [Map], which is the Seat of Greenbrier County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 76 miles [122.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). If you could drive a straight line from Alum Springs 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 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 194 miles [312.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,083 miles [9,789.6 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 6,792 miles [10,930.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,668 miles [7,512.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Alum Springs ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Alum Springs.

While the name Alum Springs is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Kentucky

Boyle County

Our profile page for Alum Springs, Boyle County   [Map]
Distance: About 244 miles [392.7 km] to the West

Virginia

Pulaski County

Our profile page for Alum Springs, Pulaski County   [Map]
Distance: About 53 miles [85.3 km] to the South Southwest

Rockbridge County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alum Springs ...

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.

Anthony   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast of Alum Springs   [Map]
Brink (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Crowfields   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dickson   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Hopper   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Lewisburg   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mapledale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Rolling Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Spring Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Walnut Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Woodman   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

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



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 Alum Springs, 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 starting in Alum Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alum Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alum Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8615, Longitude: -80.3726     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alum Springs 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 Alum Springs 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 309.914 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.587 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.486 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 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 Alum Springs 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alum Springs.



 
 
 

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