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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Barksdale to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Barksdale to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Hinton [Map], which is the Seat of Summers County, lies just to the South.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 59 miles [95 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Barksdale to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 224 miles [360.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,111 miles [9,834.7 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 6,821 miles [10,977.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,697 miles [7,559.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Barksdale ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Barksdale.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Washington County

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


Cecil County

Our profile page for Barksdale, Cecil County   [Map]
Distance: About 305 miles [490.8 km] to the East Northeast


Quitman County

Our profile page for Barksdale, Quitman County   [Map]
Distance: About 582 miles [936.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Greenville County

Our profile page for Barksdale, Greenville County   [Map]
Distance: About 216 miles [347.6 km] to the South Southwest

Laurens County

Our profile page for Barksdale, Laurens County   [Map]
Distance: About 226 miles [363.7 km] to the South Southwest

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Edwards County

Our profile page for Barksdale, Edwards County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,226 miles [1,973.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Halifax County

Our profile page for Barksdale, Halifax County   [Map]
Distance: About 121 miles [194.7 km] to the Southeast

Prince William County

Our profile page for Barksdale, Prince William County   [Map]
Distance: About 204 miles [328.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Bayfield County

Our profile page for Barksdale, Bayfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 800 miles [1,287.5 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Barksdale ...

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.

Bragg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest of Barksdale   [Map]
Buck   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Claypool   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Crossroads   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Green Sulphur Springs   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hix   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Jumping Branch   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lockbridge   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Meadow Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Packs Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Pear (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pluto   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Ramp   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sandstone   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Suck Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Tina (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Barksdale. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Barksdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Barksdale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7076, Longitude: -80.8865     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Barksdale 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 Barksdale 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 310.224 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.919 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.753 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 Barksdale 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>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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