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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Basin to ...

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

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

  • Pineville [Map], which is the Seat of Wyoming County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Basin to Pineville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 59 miles [95 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 249 miles [400.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,136 miles [9,874.9 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 6,845 miles [11,016 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,721 miles [7,597.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Basin ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Basin.

While the name Basin is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Coffee County

Our profile page for Basin, Coffee County   [Map]
Distance: About 508 miles [817.5 km] to the Southwest


Newton County

Our profile page for Basin, Newton County   [Map]
Distance: About 663 miles [1,067 km] to the West


San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Basin, San Bernardino County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,944 miles [3,128.6 km] to the West


San Miguel County

Our profile page for Basin, San Miguel County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,481 miles [2,383.4 km] to the West

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Cassia County

Our profile page for Basin, Cassia County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,741 miles [2,801.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Washington County

Our profile page for Basin, 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.

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George County

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

Jackson County

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

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Basin, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,689 miles [2,718.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Brewster County

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

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Grand County

Our profile page for Basin, Grand County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,515 miles [2,438.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Big Horn County

Our profile page for Basin, Big Horn County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,465 miles [2,357.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Basin ...

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.

Amigo   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest of Basin   [Map]
Blackeagle   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Bud   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Helen   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Hiawatha   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Itmann   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Josephine   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lego   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Mead   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Odd   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Smokeless   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Stonecoal Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Widemouth (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [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 Basin. 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 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Basin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest of Basin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Basin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5368, Longitude: -81.2895     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Basin 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 Basin 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 310.468 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.173 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.977 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Basin 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>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 Basin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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