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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 35 miles [56.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Alvord to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 231 miles [371.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,081 miles [9,786.4 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 6,796 miles [10,937.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,671 miles [7,517.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Alvord ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Alvord.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Iowa

Lyon County

Our profile page for Alvord, Lyon County   [Map]
Distance: About 837 miles [1,347 km] to the West Northwest

Missouri

Mercer County

Our profile page for Alvord, Mercer County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 660 miles [1,062.2 km] to the West Northwest

Texas

Wise County

Our profile page for Alvord, Wise County   [Map]
Distance: About 984 miles [1,583.6 km] to the West Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alvord ...

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.

Clover   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast of Alvord   [Map]
Grace   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Green Acres   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Leaning Oak   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Leo (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Nancy Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Quiet Vale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Reedyville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Speed   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Walnut Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alvord. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8076, Longitude: -81.3490     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alvord 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 Alvord 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 310.479 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.372 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.592 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 Alvord, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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