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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 125 miles [201.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Atlantic to Charleston, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two 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 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 147 miles [236.6 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,989 miles [9,638.4 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 6,702 miles [10,785.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,577 miles [7,366 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Atlantic ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Atlantic.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Atlantic. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 20 communities in the United States and Canada - with 20 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Colorado

Gunnison County

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

Iowa

Cass County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Cass County   [Map]
Distance: About 814 miles [1,310 km] to the West Northwest

Maine

Hancock County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 668 miles [1,075 km] to the East Northeast

Massachusetts

Essex County

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

Norfolk County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Norfolk County   [Map]
Distance: About 495 miles [796.6 km] to the East Northeast

Plymouth County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Plymouth County   [Map]
Distance: About 504 miles [811.1 km] to the East Northeast

Suffolk County

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

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Michigan

Houghton County

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

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New Hampshire

Rockingham County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Rockingham County   [Map]
Distance: About 519 miles [835.2 km] to the East Northeast

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New Jersey

Monmouth County

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

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New York

Richmond County

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

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North Carolina

Carteret County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Carteret County   [Map]
Distance: About 362 miles [582.6 km] to the South Southeast

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Atlantic   [Map]
Distance: About 797 miles [1,282.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Clearfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 122 miles [196.3 km] to the North Northeast

Crawford County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 149 miles [239.8 km] to the North Northwest

Fayette County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 28 miles [45.1 km] to the North Northwest

Somerset County

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

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Westmoreland County   [Map]
Distance: About 70 miles [112.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Virginia

Accomack County

Our profile page for Atlantic, Accomack County   [Map]
Distance: About 249 miles [400.7 km] to the East Southeast

Virginia Beach City

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Atlantic ...

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   -   Less than 2 miles to the North of Atlantic   [Map]
Chestnut Ridge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Erwin   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Fellowsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Independence   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Israel   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Kanetown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Kingwood   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Mountain View   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Oriole (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Salt Lick   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Scotch Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Threefork Bridge   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Atlantic. 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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Atlantic

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
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 18 miles [29 km] to the southeast of Atlantic

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Atlantic. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3901, Longitude: -79.7239     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Atlantic 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 Atlantic 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 309.47 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.311 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.683 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Atlantic 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: findagrave.com.

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