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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies just to the Southwest (SW).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 247 miles [397.5 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Barlow to White House, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 14 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,109 miles [9,831.5 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 6,823 miles [10,980.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,699 miles [7,562.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Barlow ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Barlow.

While the name Barlow is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Washington County

Our profile page for Barlow, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 606 miles [975.3 km] to the Southwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Barlow   [Map]
Distance: About 2,173 miles [3,497.1 km] to the Northwest


Sonoma County

Our profile page for Barlow, Sonoma County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,214 miles [3,563.1 km] to the West Northwest


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Barlow, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,616 miles [2,600.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Norton County

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

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Ballard County

Our profile page for Barlow, Ballard County   [Map]
Distance: About 417 miles [671.1 km] to the West

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Copiah County

Our profile page for Barlow, Copiah County   [Map]
Distance: About 683 miles [1,099.2 km] to the Southwest

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Wayne County

Our profile page for Barlow, Wayne County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 502 miles [807.9 km] to the West

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New Jersey

Camden County

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

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North Dakota

Foster County

Our profile page for Barlow, Foster County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,085 miles [1,746.1 km] to the Northwest

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Washington County

Our profile page for Barlow, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 69 miles [111 km] to the North

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Clackamas County

Our profile page for Barlow, Clackamas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,144 miles [3,450.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Adams County

Our profile page for Barlow, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 251 miles [403.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Cooke County

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

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Davis County

Our profile page for Barlow, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,611 miles [2,592.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Our profile page for Barlow   [Map]
Distance: About 2,855 miles [4,594.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Barlow ...

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.

Airport Village   -   Less than 2 miles to the South of Barlow   [Map]
Big Chimney   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Blackhawk   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Elk   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Elk Forest   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Elk Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Meadowbrook   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Mink (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Pinch   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Riverview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Sandy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Snow Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
South Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Twomile   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [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 Barlow. 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 4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest of Barlow

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Barlow. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3945, Longitude: -81.5826     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Barlow 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 Barlow 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 310.63 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.484 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.828 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 Barlow 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:

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