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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Welch [Map], which is the Seat of McDowell County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Bishop to Welch, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day 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 78 miles [125.5 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 272 miles [437.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,162 miles [9,916.8 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 6,871 miles [11,057.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,747 miles [7,639.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bishop ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Bishop.

While the name Bishop is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 23 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Colbert County

Our profile page for Bishop, Colbert County   [Map]
Distance: About 406 miles [653.4 km] to the West Southwest

Arkansas

Little River County

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

California

Inyo County

Our profile page for Bishop, Inyo County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,010 miles [3,234.8 km] to the West Northwest

Georgia

Oconee County

Our profile page for Bishop, Oconee County   [Map]
Distance: About 256 miles [412 km] to the South Southwest

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Illinois

Mason County

Our profile page for Bishop, Mason County   [Map]
Distance: About 496 miles [798.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Jewell County

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

Shawnee County

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

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Kentucky

Fayette County

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

Jefferson County

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

Perry County

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

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Maine

Aroostook County

Our profile page for Bishop, Aroostook County   [Map]
Distance: About 962 miles [1,548.2 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Worcester County

Our profile page for Bishop, Worcester County   [Map]
Distance: About 355 miles [571.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Newaygo County

Our profile page for Bishop, Newaygo County   [Map]
Distance: About 486 miles [782.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Scott County

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

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Missouri

Greene County

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

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North Carolina

Brunswick County

Our profile page for Bishop, Brunswick County   [Map]
Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the Southeast

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Oklahoma

Ellis County

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

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Pennsylvania

Washington County

Our profile page for Bishop, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 227 miles [365.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Tennessee

Dyer County

Our profile page for Bishop, Dyer County   [Map]
Distance: About 438 miles [704.9 km] to the West

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Texas

Cameron County

Our profile page for Bishop, Cameron County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,216 miles [1,957 km] to the Southwest

Erath County

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

Nueces County

Our profile page for Bishop, Nueces County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,153 miles [1,855.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Wyoming

Natrona County

Our profile page for Bishop, Natrona County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,367 miles [2,200 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bishop ...

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.

Drytown (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of Bishop   [Map]
Faraday   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Five Oaks (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hix (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Horsepen (VA)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Horsepen Cove (VA)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Jacobs Fork   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Johnstown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mud Fork (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
River Jack (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Squire   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Stony Ridge (VA)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [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 Bishop. 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.

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Bishop

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bishop. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bishop. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2084, Longitude: -81.5601     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bishop 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 Bishop 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 310.635 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.315 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.193 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 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 Bishop 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: findagrave.com.

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